Jan Van Eyck Vs Rubens Essay

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Artist of todays time are highly influenced by those artist of the Renaissance time. You can find symbolism, styles, and techniques in the paintings of today that were once used by highly respected artist. Between the 15th century and 19th century, a lot of innovative ideas were introduced to art. Artist all over Western Europe were influenced by each others style. Although the paintings were similar each new artist put in their signature style that stood out. Jan Van Eyck and Peter Paul Rubens work used a lot of the same artistic techniques and symbolic symbols in their paintings. Although their paintings were the same in many ways, there were also many differences that can be found. Jan Van Eyck and Peter Paul Rubens were artist that were…show more content…
Jan Van Eyck was considered one the most innovative Northern European painters of the 15th century. He is often credited with the actual “invention” of oil painting and was the first to fully utilized atmospheric perspective fully and systematically. In Jan Van Eycks painting of The Crucifixion, he presented the image as an eyewitness account set against a distant landscape. By contrast, the Last Judgment is organized hieratically in three tiers, with the scale of the figures manipulated to indicate their relative importance. As stated earlier, by using atmospheric perspective Jan Van Eyck creates the illusion that the viewer is present in the scene of The Crucifixion. According to both my observations and Janson History of Art text, there is a gradual decrease in the intensity of local colors and in the contrast of light and dark. Starting from the foreground figures to the far-off city of Jerusalem and the snow-capped beaks beyond. Eyck was able to create these soft and glowing parts of the painting by alternating opaque and translucent layers of oil paint. To be truly successful in achieving the soft, glowing radiance one had to be a skillful craftsmanship like Jan Van Eyck. Perhaps one of Jan Van Eycks most innovative paintings was Man in Red Turban, which historians believe to be a self

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