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Art Analysis The Merode Altarpiece, a piece by artist Robert Campin, is a representation of the Annunciation of Christ. The piece was originally painted in Flanders during the Early Renaissance period in 1425. It is a considerably small altarpiece, commissioned for a private residence, created with oil on wood panel. The piece is currently held in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The scene depicted in this particular altarpiece is very popular among artists during the Renaissance and the detailed representation captured by Robert Campin made it one of his most famous works of art. The subjects depicted in the piece are the Virgin Mary, an angel, Joseph, and also the donors who commissioned the painting. The main subject…show more content…
Mary is often presented with these colors, red, possibly representing Christ’s Passion or spiritual awakening, and blue, which can represent honesty or spiritual realization. The angel wears a blue sash detailed with gold, but the focus is mostly on the angel’s white robes and golden wings. The color white is often associated with the idea of religious purity and the color yellow is also a symbol of light and purity. The rest of the painting consists of mostly earthy tones, brown is used for most of the piece, as well as black and a light creamy color, creating an intense contrast against the primary colors and drawing attention to the subjects in the center panel. The concept of perspective and depth is achieved by the use of diagonal lines, shading, and size of objects or subjects in the foreground versus objects or subjects in the background. Campin seems to grasp this concept, although he has not perfected it, he was able to create a realistic three-dimensional space within the two-dimensional picture plane. He actually shows a considerable amount of artistic talent in creating a very realistic scene of a town and townspeople outside the window in Joseph’s shop, which also showcases his understanding of perspective and helps to create the perspective within the foreground of the painting. The use of shading helps create depth and texture in the folds of the robes worn by Mary and the angel and his use of shadow helps create

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