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- Emmoser, Celestial globe with clockwork
- Rembrandt, Christ Crucified between the Two Thieves: The Three Crosses.
- "Krishna Holds Up Mount Govardhan to Shelter the Villagers of Braj", Folio from a Harivamsa (The Legend of Hari (Krishna))
- Rochford’s Girls I Have Known
- Dürer, Self-portrait, Study of a Hand and a Pillow
- Groom and Rider
- Van Eyck, The Crucifixion; The Last Judgment
- Evans, Subway Passengers, New York City
Met curator Maryan W. Ainsworth on the sense of sound in Jan van Eyck’s The Crucifixion; The Last Judgment, c. 1435–40.
These exquisite paintings, juxtaposing Christ's sacrifice for the salvation of mankind with the Last Judgment, are by Jan van Eyck, the most celebrated painter of fifteenth-century Europe, and an assistant. The Crucifixion is presented as an eyewitness account set against a distant landscape, astonishing for its depth and subtlety of description. By contrast, the Last Judgment is organized hieratically in three tiers, with the scale of the figures manipulated to indicate their relative importance. The biblical texts on the original frames relate specifically to the scenes depicted, establishing a play between word and image that would have been admired by contemporaries.
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- At0:36, the narrator says the two paintings were part of a "former triptych". Is there any information on what the third missing painting looked like?(6 votes)
- I've heard that it could have been a nativity scene or an adoration of the magi scene if there even was a middle painting. Noboby can seem to agree if there was one or not. It's still an ongoing debate I believe.(3 votes)
- I hate to even conjure this up in to my imagination, but all those torture scenes...could they have been based on the reality of torture in the days of Jan Van Eyck's paintings? I know the 15th century wasn't particularly known for it's championing of civil rights so I do not think this is too much of a stretch...scary, but I think this could be true, no?(2 votes)
- Unfortunately I'm convinced you are right. Metering out punishment in the form of public torture was a part of the various European legal systems far into the 1800's, if not longer. While he may not have gone to the length of witnessing torture to extract confessions it is unlikely that he would have been unaware of the practice, and very likely that he would have seen the results of brutal punishments. In Norway people could be sentenced to burning, branding, whipping and loss of limbs carried out in public up to 1842 - but in practice it seems as if except for public whipping these forms of punishments were largely abandoned in the very beginning of the 19th century.(3 votes)