History - OnThisDay - March 27th. 1401 - Albert III, Duke of Bavaria

Albert III the Pius, Duke of Bavaria - Munich was born on March 27th. 1401
at Munich (now located in Bavaria, Germany).


His parents were Ernest, Duke of Bavaria and Elisabetta Visconti.
Elisabetta Visconti was the daughter of Bernabò Visconti, Lord of Milan.

His family were members of the noble House of Wittelsbach.

Love and Marriage

Albert III, Duke of Bavaria first was engaged to Elisabeth, daughter of the
Count of Württemberg but she married the Count of Weldenberg, who had
been a page at her father's court.

In 1432, Albert married secretly to Anna Bernauer, a maid. His father was
against this marriage, and he ordered the murder of Anna. She was accused
from witchcraft and her murderers threw her in the river the Danube.
Albert was angry and he left his father's court, he took himself to Louis VII,
Duke of Bavaria at Ingolstadt.

Although in November Albert and his father reconciled with each other and
Albert married Princess Anna of Brunswick-Grubenhagen-Einbeck. This
couple had children with each other.


In 1438, Albert succeeded his father as Duke of Bavaria - Munich.
In 1440, he refused the Bohemian crown.
In 1445-1445 Albert started two campaigns against the Robber Barons.
In 1455 he founded the Benedictine monastery in Andechs.


Albert III, Duke of Bavaria died on February 29th. 1460, at the age of
58 in Munich.

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Royal Art - Jan van Eyck - A painter with diplomatic skills

Jan van Eyck (born around 1390 - died on July 9th. 1441) was a
Flemish/Netherlandish painter, active in Bruges.

He was one of the most important representatives of Northern
Renaissance art.

Portrait of a Man - Jan van Eyck 

Personal Life

Around 1432, Jan van Eyck married the much younger Margaret,
in the same period he bought a house in Bruges. The couple had
two children.

He also had some brothers. Hubert van Eyck worked together
with Jan on their most famous works: the Ghent Altarpiece.

Rechtvaardige rechters - Jan van Eyck

Court Life

van Eyck served John of Bavaria - Straubing, the ruler of Holland,
Hainault and Zeeland. The painter was thus involved in redecorating
the Binnenhof palace in The Hague.

After John's death, in 1425, Jan van Eyck moved to Bruges. Then
Philip the Good, duke of Burgundy, persuaded the painter to work
for him. He appointed Jan van Eyck as official ducal painter

In the order of Philip the Good, Jan van Eyck undertook between 1426
and 1429 journeys mentioned as ' Top secret '.

van Eyck undertook a journey to Lisbon on the Duke of Burgundy's
behalf. He was tasked with paining the bride. The painter spent
nine months there, then he returned to the Netherlands with Isabella
as a bride to be for Philip the Good.

He remained in ducal service till his death.


Like much of the Renaissance painters the Jan van Eyck's works are
spread around the world.


Ghent, St. Bavo Cathedral, the Gent Altarpiece - This work is at the
moment under restoration. To know more, check this link.
Antwerp, Royal Museum for Fine Arts , check this link .
Bruges, Groeningemuseum, check this link

Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum, check this link

Berlin, Gemäldegalerie, check this link
Dresden, Kupferstichkabinett, check this link
Frankfurt am Main, Städel Museum, check this link

Paris, Musée du Louvre, check this link

United Kingdom:
London National Gallery, check this link

Madrid, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, check this link

Detroit, Detroit instutue of Arts, check this link
New York, Frick Collection, check this link
Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, check this link
Washington D.C., National Gallery of Art, check this link

Jan van Ecyck - Baudouin de Lannoy

and many more ... 

Source pictures: Wikipedia