Jan Van Eyck , Art History
So many paintings have existed in the past centuries. Most of these paintings and especially in Europe were so much based on religion. This is because religion was the main part of the system of governance, the way people related to one another and how the society is during this day (ArtBible). This was also the time of the famous Belgium painter by the name Jan Van Eyck.The artist uniqueness also comes in the view of one who in the eyes of later generations, seemed to light up suddenly as a supernova, his unique genius turning the art of painting and setting profoundly new standards of beauty. This was the unique part of all his paintings; from that of the Day of Judgment, from the one that he depicted the Jesus crucifixion. The history of his paintings raises so many questions in the painting world so much as to whether he was really a painter, and inventor of a new genre of painting. This paper looks at some of his works including
the ones that were painted and raised controversy in the past.
So much controversy has been raised about the originality of Van Eyck paintings and especially the originality of the oil technique in painting. Some believe that he only played a crucial role in the perfection of the medium and that he was not directly involved in the invention of the medium.
[...] However as will be discussed in the following items, Van Eyck was on of the first people to use this medium. In fact this is what distinguished his paintings from the rest, through his personalized techniques in oils that he used to accurately potrayed a reflection of the world. In a painting exhibition that is found in Europe, at the Museum Boijmans one would find the display of Van Eyck as we attempt to answer this question by bringing together some ninety artworks created around the time of Jan van Eyck's birth. [...]
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[...] The painting might have used some of is much known chacteristic's of oil, when looked at a critical point of view one will discover that it only looks very much like a scaled-down panel painting of Jan van Eyck. The central image, showing the birth of John the Baptist, and especially the bas-de-page depicting the baptism of Christ as well as the initial with God the Father are all executed with the same breathtaking finesse that characterizes van Eyck's paintings. Jan van Eyck however remains to be one of the first great European masters of portrait painting. [...]
[...] And became the inventors of naturalism in painting during their time. Although naturalism in painting emerged first in northern Italy, namely, in the art of Giotto, nowhere else did it reach such perfection as in Flanders. Northerner artists achieved absolute perfection in rendering the material, the texture, and the outlines of things as well as of figures and their artworks were sought throughout Europe. In the course of the 15th century more works produced in Flanders moved to Italy than vice versa. [...]
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