Homework 1.2: Flemish Painting

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1.2 Flemish Painting

Campin’s Merode Altarpiece (Smarthistory)
http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/Campin

1.   According to the speakers, what is so extraordinary about where the scene of the Annunciation is taking place?  Why would this have appealed to the donors?

3.  Many of the objects in the Merode Altarpiece are symbolic.  Identify at least 3 symbols and their meaning

4.  According to the speakers, what aspects of this painting are convincingly “realistic,” and what aspects of the painting are not successfully realistic?


Van der Weydens’ Crucifixion Triptych (Smarthistory)
http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/van-der-weyden-crucifixion-triptych.html

5.  What specific aspects of this picture make it seem “human” and part of our world? What aspects remind us that it is a spiritual event?