Mirrored tricks, the skill of Realism


If someone asked me, “What is your favorite art piece from Renais

sance era?”  My answer would be, Giovanni Arnolfini and His Wife, by Jan van

Eyck. When you look at, the painting closely, you should, notice that there is a mirror between Giovanni and his wife. And surprisingly it has a detailed picture of the reflected part of the room; you should see the two people, one of them is a pastor who came to announce the marriage. The ten roundels decorating stand for the passion of Christ, and is also a reminder of Christian redemption (Bowron, 2012). I was interested in the mirrored skill and did some research on it.

This kind of mirrored technique is one of the great skills that represent Realism in Renaissance.  According to the history textbook, “Western Society” by McKay, most of the Renaissance portraits also showed human ideals, often portrayed in a more realistic style. In the early fifteen-century Brunelleschi and some other artist have initiate

d perspective in painting, the linear representation of distance and space on a flat surface. (Mckay, 423)

Since linear perspective was created, thousands of painters, such as Brunelleschi, Metsys, and Jan van Eyck, have created the illusion of credible three-dimensional worlds into which we have all been invited to step. They have found that depth of illusionism too limited of a challenge,however they wanted to show the crowd super-subtle tricks that makes mere three-dimensional illusionism. (Glover) By using this mirrored technique the artist described the reflected feature.

I was looking for the other paintings that had mirrored techniques and found The Moneylender and His Wife by Quentin Metsys (Here to see the picture). The critic said that the mirror is a fascinating detail, reminiscent of the virtuosity of van Eyck, and Metsys did well job of imitation that skill. Metsys well described the reflected picture of the window in to the mirror between the moneylender and his wife. As the detail of the objects pictured, has led some art historians to speculate that this might be an imitation of Jan van Eyck. (Guillaume)

Work Cited

Bowron, Edgar Peters . “Renaissance Art | The Bark.” The Bark. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Mar. 2012. <http://www.thebark.com/content/renaissance-art?page=4&gt;.

Glover, Michael. “Great Works: Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1524), Parmigianino – Great Works – Art – The Independent .” The Independent | News | UK and Worldwide News | Newspaper . N.p., 15 Oct. 2010. Web. 5 Mar. 2012. <http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/great-works/great-works-selfportrait-in-a-convex-mirror-1524-parmigianino-2106646.html&gt;.

“A History of Western Society, Volume B: From Renaissance to 1815 – John P. McKay,Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler, Clare Haru Crowston, Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks – GoogleBooks.” Google Books. N.p., 17 Oct. 2007. Web. 13 Feb. 2012. <http://books.google.com/books?id=p5EdejRMzkIC&dq=a+history+of+western+societ +mckay&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Xno1T4qPIYziQKhyoGmCg&sqi=2&ved=0CFIQ6AEwAw>.

Guillaume, Kazerouni. “The Moneylender and His Wife | Louvre Museum | Paris.” Site officiel du musée du Louvre. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Mar. 2012. <http://www.louvre.fr/en/oeuvre-notices/moneylender-and-his-wife&gt;.

Picture Source

Guillaume, Kazerouni. “The Moneylender and His Wife | Louvre Museum | Paris.” Site officiel du musée du Louvre. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Mar. 2012. <http://www.louvre.fr/en/oeuvre-notices/moneylender-and-his-wife&gt;.

Glover, Michael. “Great Works: Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1524), Parmigianino – Great Works – Art – The Independent .” The Independent | News | UK and Worldwide News | Newspaper . N.p., 15 Oct. 2010. Web. 5 Mar. 2012. <http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/great-works/great-works-selfportrait-in-a-convex-mirror-1524-parmigianino-2106646.html&gt;.

Bowron, Edgar Peters . “Renaissance Art | The Bark.” The Bark. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Mar. 2012. <http://www.thebark.com/content/renaissance-art?page=4&gt;.

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4 comments

  1. vijaye

    Hi Jinny,

    I think you did an excellent job with this post. From your descriptions, it sounds like you put a lot of time into finding all these new techniques artists used to paint. How do you think your knowledge now will affect the way you look at all renaissance art in the future?

    Again, great work!

    Sincerely,
    Vijay

    • jinny0905

      Hi Vijay.
      Thanks for reading! Since I learned more about the skills of Renaissance art, I feel like I will see more closely on the technique parts rather than just looking at the art piece. And I want to learn more skills that were used in Renaissance Art pieces.
      Thanks!

      Jinny

  2. austin0907

    Hi Jinny!
    Great job on your post! It was really informative and fascinating. You had a lot of great information and I really enjoyed reading your post! Did you know about the technically strong aspects of these paintings before you knew they were your favorites?
    Thanks,
    Austin

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