Art History Research Paper

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Imagine pondering into a reconstruction of reality through only the visual sense. Without tasting, smelling, touching, or hearing, it may be hard to find oneself in an alternate universe through a piece of art work, which was the artist’s intended purpose. The eyes serve a much higher purpose than to view an object, the absorptions of electromagnetic waves allows for one to endeavor on a journey and enter a world of no limitation. During the 15th century, specifically the Early Renaissance, Flemish altarpieces swept Europe with their strong attention to details. Works of altarpieces were able to encompass significant details that the audience may typically only pay a cursory glance. The size of altarpieces was its most obvious feat but…show more content…
The quality and quantity of details in Adoration of the Mystic Lamb are embodied by van Eyck’s mastery of oil, which suggests that his altarpiece is the greatest representation of Christianity in a piece of art.
The early life of Jan van Eyck remains partially unknown as records did not reveal factual information regarding his birth and childhood. An inference states that van Eyck was “born somewhere around 1390 in the village of Maaseyck” (Hughes and Faggin 5). Many years of his life were not documented and kept in records, but the few years before the creation of the Ghent Altarpiece, or Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, van Eyck’s records points out that he was rather active. Van Eyck was appointed by Philip the Good and the Duke of Burgundy to relay important missions that allowed him to live a fortunate lifestyle as a painter. Patronage, during this time, became more sought after since the influx of new methods and exceeded expectations grabbed the attentions of patrons. Also, since van Eyck’s abilities seemed unmatched at the time, Philip the Good declared, “he would never find a man so much to his taste, or such a paragon of science and art” (Hughes and
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