"Wedding Portrait" and "Merode Altarpiece" Comparison Comparison Essay by JPWrite

"Wedding Portrait" and "Merode Altarpiece" Comparison
A comparative analysis of Jan Van Eyck's "Wedding Portrait" and Robert Campin's "Merode Altarpiece" .
# 64800 | 804 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Apr 05, 2006 in Art (Artists) , Art (History)

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This paper examines the similarities and differences between Jan Van Eyck's, "The Arnolfini Marriage," ("Wedding Portrait") and Robert Campin's, "Merode Altarpiece", both Flemish artists who were among the most important painters in the Early Renaissance (North) period. It looks at how both are naturalistic oil paintings with religious undertones and both are portraits. It also discusses how, although the paintings are similar in many ways, there are also several differences.

From the Paper:

"For example, in Van Eyck's painting, a single candle is burning, even though it is daylight. This has been interpreted as symbolic of God's all-seeing eye, while some believe it is a bridal candle. In addition, there is an image of St. Margaret, the patron saint of childbirth carved on the back of a chair. The ornate mirror on the back wall shows the artist himself, as well as a second man, who may have been another witness to the ceremony. A small dog stands between the couple in the foreground, symbolizing faithfulness and love, and on the window ledge is a bowl of fruit, symbolizing either fertility, or the fall from Eden."

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