Jan van Eyck (about 1390-1441)

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Jan van Eyck (about 1390-1441). Serena B., Amiela Nicole D. Characteristics. Signs and dates his pictures, which was unusual at the time Writes words or phrases on his art Has a good sense of visual texture; each surface looks like a different texture - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Jan van Eyck

Jan van Eyck(about 1390-1441)Serena B., Amiela Nicole D.+CharacteristicsSigns and dates his pictures, which was unusual at the timeWrites words or phrases on his artHas a good sense of visual texture; each surface looks like a different textureCan portray direct and diffused light, as well as shadows associated with it (known as pictorial illusionism)All of his painted subjects are in a three-quarter pose, facing slightly away from the viewer+The Annunciation, 1434-1436. Oil on wood, transferred to canvas

The angel Gabriel tells the Virgin Mary that shell conceive ChristWords are written on the piece; Gabriel says Hail Mary, full of grace. Marys response behold the handmaiden of the Lord is upside down so God can see her responseMost depictions of the annunciation occur in the Virgin Marys home, with both Gabriel and Mary being far apart; here, they are in an elaborate church and are much closerThe close proximity gives a sense of intimacy and privacy+The Annunciation, 1434-1436. Oil on wood, transferred to canvas

Symbolism in the Upper Story:The Romanesque architecture in the form of round-arched windows, passes into the more newer Early Gothic architecture below to further the point of transitioning from the Old to New TestamentThe upper story of the building is dark with a single stain glass window depicting God represents the Old Testament

+The Annunciation, 1434-1436. Oil on wood, transferred to canvas

Symbolism in the Lower Story:Is brighter in comparison since its lit up by the Light of the WorldThe three windows represent the Trinity, and may refer to the coming of the New TestamentThe floor tiles depict Old Testament events such as David beheading Goliath, as well as the Philistine temple being destroyed, which may be an allegory to what Jesus would do later on+The Annunciation, 1434-1436. Oil on wood, transferred to canvas

Symbolism in the Foreground:The lilies near the Virgin Mary represents her innocence and purityLilies are also on Gabriels robes; this represents MaryThe dove of the Holy Spirit descends on rays of light; one ray of light reaches the Virgin Marys head, signifying that she now conceives the son of God

+BibliographyBrommer, Gerald. Discovering Art History. Worcester: Davis Publications, Inc, 1997. Print.Cork, Richard. Old Subject, New Approach. The Wall Street Journal March 22, 2013. Web.Jan van Eyck: Flemish Painter. Visual Arts Encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 Apr. 2014.Jones, Susan. Jan van Eyck (ca. 1390-1441 Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000. Web. 9 Apr 2014.Klip, Ronald. Jan van Eyck: The Annunciation (Washington) Art and the Bible. Art and the Bible. 2010. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.The Annunciation. National Gallery of Art. National Gallery of Art, n.d. Web. 9 Apr. 2014.+