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  • marcelinelee 4:01 PM on May 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Madonna and Chancellor Rolin 

    Jan van Eyck. Madonna and Chancellor Rolin. 1435. Louvre, Paris.

    Jan van Eyck was active in the time of the Northern Renaissance and is considered one of the best artists of that time. The date of his birth is unknown (possibly before 1395). He moved to the city of Bruges, which was the favorite city of the Dukes of Burgundy. He entered service for the powerful and influential Philip the Good (“Jan Van Eyck,” 2012). The Medici Family also opened up a branch of their bank in Bruges, which opened many doors for opportunities. The Medici family also supported many painters and architects. Van Eyck is credited with the invention of the oil-glazing technique, which replaced the earlier egg-tempera method (“The Northern Renaissance,” n.d.). A few of his paintings include “Portrait of Giovanni Amolfini and his Wife,” “The Ghent Altarpiece,” and “Madonna in the Church.

    This artwork “Madonna and Chancellor Rolin,” illustrates the influence of royalty on van Eyck. In the picture is Chancellor Rolin, Duchy of Burgundy. This painting first caught my eye because of the angel placing the crown onto the Virgin’s head. The baby is on “platform” on the Virgin’s legs, which means it is on the “Throne of Wisdom,” while being blessed by Rolin. The book is thought to be the “Book of Hours,” a devotional book (“Madonna of Chancellor…,” 2012). Eyck shows in great detail the beautiful architecture: the carvings on the walls, the tile on the floor, and the glass windows. Of course the scenery outside is gorgeous: the children enjoying the view, the town to the left and right, the mountains, the river and the bridge. The features of their clothing are in fine quality, as well as the hems of each robe.

    Works Cited

    “Jan Van Eyck.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 24 May 2012. Web. 31 May 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_van_Eyck&gt;.

    “Madonna of Chancellor Rolin.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 29 May 2012. Web. 31 May 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madonna_of_Chancellor_Rolin&gt;.

    “The Northern Renaissance.” The Northern Renaissance. Web. 31 May 2012. <http://robinurton.com/history/Renaissance/northrenaiss.htm&gt;.

    • emlyngholm 12:16 PM on June 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I really enjoyed Jan van Eyck’s works. His attention to detail is phenomenal and the light and color are amazing.

      The information you included about van Eyck’s life and about the painting’s religious message is interesting and you made good use of citations, but it seems like you forgot to connect your analysis to a Renaissance theme. You talk a lot about the detail in the painting; it seems like the influence of Gothic architecture and art would be a good choice of theme. You also didn’t really describe your personal reaction to the work; you mention why it caught your eye but not much else. What did you like about it?

    • fipf86 3:13 PM on June 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      At first glance, I was not going to comment on this painting because nothing stood out to me. Then I noticed the angel hovering over the woman’s shoulder with her bright colored wings. I find it odd how the angel almost blends in with the rest of the wall, but it is the wings that the artist chose to make stand out. My eyes veer toward, not to the people as one may thing, but to the world that rests beyond the window of the room. The detail presented caught me by surprise with the use of different colors upon the river, almost as if I can see the reflection of the sky within the river. The intricate designs within the tiles of the floor was the next thing I noticed. The artist could have gone a much simpler route in the floor design, but much like the other paintings during this time period, extensive detail has been carried throughout the painting. The one thing I see in this painting is that the artist is trying to create realism within the figures, but it still has a 2 dimensional look to it, something I feel Hans Holbein did an awesome job at doing (giving a painting a 3 dimensional look).

    • Caitlin Kroener 4:18 PM on June 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Great citations! I like how you open the introduction with the artist, title, place and time of creation, along with a brief history of the artist and it’s influences. Your writing style is very clear and straightforward. However, why do you like this painting? Why did you choose this painting? Was it because of all the detail of facial expressions and the outdoor scene or was it more of the meaning behind the painting that you liked or found intriguing? The concept of this painting seems quite unusual. It really does seem to be representing royalty and the power of royalty. As an artist, Eyck, must have found much support from the wealthy royalty, and perhaps this painting is a tribute to an act of patronage. After all, one of the influences that you stated, was of the Medici family.
      Overall, your analysis is substantial and you have a great writing style. There were just a few details, that I noted were missing (such as why you like the painting).
      I think paintings like these, if indeed they are portraying the influences of royalty, were overdone in that time and not as interesting as more fantasy/imaginative works.

    • jsteffes2 5:17 PM on June 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I think you did a great job on assessing all the requirements. A little more on why you liked it would be good but you did mention why it caught your eye and how gorgeous the scenery is in the background. Also maybe a connecting sentence or two on how Jan van Eyck was influenced specifically by the political and religious happenings. I appreciate this painting more having read your comments and insights on it because I wouldn’t have noticed much about it otherwise. These kinds of paintings that feature royals don’t interest me as much as others that drifted from the norms of their time. I have to agree with the comments made here that when I look at this painting I am not focusing on the people up close but rather enjoying the landscape that the window frames. In conclusion I think your post was adequate and was very informative and perceptive.

  • marcelinelee 12:44 PM on May 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Intro — 

    Hello! I’m Marceline Lee and I’m looking forward to this class! Very exciting 🙂

    • Lisa Kljaich 3:09 PM on June 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      testing blog moderation

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