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Comparing Masacio's Holy Trinity and Jan Van Eyck's Arnolfini Marriage.

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Mackenzie Moll 11/19/03 Comparing Masacio's Holy Trinity and Jan Van Eyck's Arnolfini Marriage In comparing Masacio's Holy Trinity and Jan Van Eyck's Arnolfini marriage, we are able to analyze many similarities and differences. We notice the innovative Renaissance techniques as well as these two paintings being pivotal pieces not only in these artists careers but also as pioneering artists in history. If we compare these two painting with Gothic art, we observe that these artists techniques have much evolved. These evolved techniques include a focus on naturalism and individualism. These two elements distinguish people in the paintings and are very realistic, unlike gothic art, in which all the people looked the same. ...read more.

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Van Eyck's piece gives us a general image of the betroval of a young couple but then proceeds to lure us into the center of the painting, which is the mirror. The mirror with immense detail absorbs the room but also reflects it. The mirror is almost a hole in this room but takes all of what we see with it and transforms it into a refection. Hence we are pulled into the hole but also pushed back by the reflection. Another aspect of these two paintings that is important to notice is the different settings of each painting and how they affect the overall feeling and message of the paintings. ...read more.

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The overall feeling of Masacio's painting is very dark and haunting which is supported by the intense shadows and darkness among with the almost a calm resonance. The composition of the painting also adds to the sad mood of the painting because everything seems very symmetrical and orderly. And when considering the tragic circumstances this organization does not seem right. In Van Eyck's painting we are left with so much when we walk away from the painting. The extent of the detail extends information about things far past the ordinary limits of scrutiny and leaves us almost overwhelmed with the amount. He seems to have focused on everything from the fur on Arnolfini's robe to the twigs on the broom. ...read more.

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