Art Reflection Essay

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Since the beginning of recorded history, the idea of God is considered a being that controls natural order\ (if you’re religious) or since Ancient Mesopotamia (if you’re not). It’s interesting to see how humans have depicted God and other beings when humans are unable to see into the spiritual world. Throughout the course of history deities have been depicted as symbols, hybrids of humans and animals, as well as ordinary human beings. Although there are many representations of divinity almost all images have the same elements. God is either wearing beautiful robes, has a brown/gray beard and hair, has a hand of finger pointing up, and is often white. The first artwork that represents this idea is Jan van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece this art piece perfectly captures the image of God through the sheer amount of detail is contains. The way God/Christ sits and the way his eyes are full of light, the phrase “The eyes are the window to the soul” can really be seen here. With the eyes being full of hope and not a single hint of sadness is displayed. Jan van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece (1432) in this oil on wood polyptych there are 12 panels each of them portraying something different. In the center panel lays God/Christ who is sitting on a throne with a crimson red robe, on his head a crown as well as the base of the feet, and a crystal staff in one hand. Along with a beautiful background along with many intricate details. The first detail that can be examined is the crimson red robe God
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