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Jan Van Eyck Double Portrait

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The double portrait and the Meeting of Joachim and Anna show differences in technique and style but share the same deeper meaning.
Jan van Eyck was from the Netherlands and painted during the fifteenth century. Like many artists during this time period in the northern regions of Europe, van Eyck favoured oil paint to be the medium of his paintings. The art that came out of this time period contained a great deal of detail. Jan van Eyck’s most notable piece of artwork is the Arnolfini Double Portrait. The painting contained many of the qualities of fifteenth century flemish artwork. The painting was done in oil and was very detailed.
Giotto di Bondone was from Florence, Italy and painted during the fourteenth century. The fourteenth century
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Due to the time sensitivity that came with painting on wet plaster, the amount of detail that could be accomplished was not nearly as extensive as what could be achieved in an oil painting. The detail in the Meeting of Joachim and Anna does not even begin to compare to the detail of the Double Portrait. In the Double Portrait the level of detail is shown in the mirror in the back of the painting. If one looks closely you can see the reflection of the people standing in front of it as well as the depiction of the Passion of Christ on the…show more content…
The Meeting of Joachim and Anna is part of a series of panels telling the story of how Joachim and Anna are praying for a child. This particular panel shows the couple rejoicing over the news that they will be having a child. This symbolism of fertility is also shown in the double portrait. In the painting the woman can be seen gathering up her skirt in front of stomach as if to give the illusion to her being pregnant. Both of the painting also show the figures in a romantic embrace. The double portrait shows the man holding his wife hand and raising the other to show his loyalty to her. In the fresco Joachim and Anna are embracing in a kiss to celebrate their good
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