Ghent Altarpiece Painted by Hubert and Jan Van Eyck

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Examining the intrinsic details of this monolithic painting leads one to wonder the mindset of the artist, the neighboring civilians and the men who requested the painting. Looking into the history of this work, how it came to be, what exactly it is that is being seen from the eyes of a man, woman or child from that day an' age, and why it was wanted to be portrayed in this fashion, almost seeming to be like some sort of Biblical Fan Fiction. It is in the hopes that the details of the social economic ideals of these people from this point in time will be unearthed and understood for one and all. The "Ghent Altarpiece", painted by Hubert and Jan Van Eyck is a very interesting piece. The artist created these works in 1432. He was in his early twenties or so and was helped by his older brother, Hubert Van Eyck, who was born in 1366. Neither men lived in to a very old age, both were in about 50 or 60 years old when they died. Those who lived in that day were said to be lucky to make that far as the living conditions were difficult to imagine for any modern civilian. Historians have spoken of how often these people would bathe and the amount of infection and disease. As this in during the renaissance they would have developed apothecaries and relearned the medicinal herbs and medicine which would have been used centuries ago.

The painting is both front (20-4) and back (20-5) showing many different characters portraying different religious imagery. The

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