Van Eyck’s work of the Ghent Altarpiece was not simply a representation of symbols that alluded to Christianity. Van Eyck’s vivid sense of the actual world allowed him to be able to reconstruct reality along with its endless limitations. His audience was so extensively involved with his paintings that it may seem almost esoteric. T...
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...edium; this led to his mastery of creating an altarpiece that was able to reconstruct the Early Renaissance into a painting. His meticulous placement of figures and attention to the miniscule details reflected his success as a painter that was able to turn the unpaintable, infinite reality into a finite piece of work.
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