The Ghent Altarpiece - Jan van Eyck Observed naturalistic details, such as the effect of water seen through glass, the light reflecting in a horse’s eye, and botanically-identifiable plants. Monumental works with an intricate level of detail usually reserved for portrait miniatures and illuminated manuscripts. Unidealized nudes of Adam and Eve.
"The Annunciation" (1425-1428) by Fra Angelico Tempera on Panel 194 x 194 cm Museo del Prado. This altarpiece was painted for the monastery of Santo Domenico in Fiesole, near Florence. The central panel shows the archangel Gabriel's Annunciation to Mary under a portico. On the left, Adam and Eve are being expelled from Paradise. The damnation and salvation of humanity. Fra Angelico was particularly meticulous in the details and qualities of nature and of the objects and persons depicted…
HUBERT and JAN VAN EYCK: The Ghent Altarpiece (wings closed), 1432, Oil on wood, 350 x 223 cm, Cathedral of St Bavo, Ghent. The realism of the figures of Adam and Eve at the far right and left on the open altarpiece struck contemporary viewers forcefully, and this style continues on the outside of the panels when the altarpiece is closed.
Jan and Hubert VAN EYCK L’Agneau Mystique (The Ghent Altarpiece), Adam & Eve 1432