The Virgin of Chancellor Rolin (c. 1435) by Jan Van Eyck

The Virgin of Chancellor Rolin - Jan Van Eyck - c.1435

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TitleThe Virgin of Chancellor Rolin
ArtistJan Van Eyck
Dimensions66 x 62 cm
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationLouvre, Paris, France
Location Created Belgium
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About The Virgin of Chancellor Rolin

The Virgin Of Chancellor Rolin is a painting created by renowned artist Jan Van Eyck around 1435. The artwork is executed in oak wood and currently displayed at the Musee du Louvre, Paris. It depicts the donator Nicolas Rolin sitting opposite to the Virgin Mary, who is surrounded by several angels and cherubims. Legend has it that Nicolas Rolin donated this astonishing artwork in order to be displayed in the family chapel of the Palais des Archevêques of Autun.

The masterpiece is one of Jan Van Eyck’s most detailed and intricate works, first with its unique 3D-esque perspective that makes it stand out in comparison to other painting form its era. Close examination reveals numerous symbolisms present throughout the artwork, including gold embroidery stiching on Mary’s clothes which symbolizes her divine status, as well as a Jerusalem cross necklace presented both to Christ & Mary – representing his grace & mercy over mankind/her purity & goodness.

Another fascinating artwork from early Renaissance Italy, made by Jan Van Eyck, is Madonna With Canon Van Der Paele. Although this painting gives off similar visuals and themes to The Virgin Of Chancellor Rolin with its own unique qualities such as a setting spot lighting on the subjects & visionaries and composers in the background. This spectacular art piece clearly shows how masterly & thoughtfully Jan Van Eyck was handling the mural symbols and sophisticated use of polychromatic elements within his masterpieces – setting an example for generations of painters to come!

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