Jan Van Eyck's Ghent Altarpiece

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I sit on the edge of my seat, as I wait for my professor to explain the next bit of symbolism hidden in Jan Van Eyck’s, Ghent Altarpiece. To me, the silence of the classroom screams of suspense, even if, a few classmates are sleeping. Each detail painted or formed by the artist represents a conscious effort to communicate beyond words. Their work joins in the eternal quest to define a specific reality, to capture an ephemeral moment. I have never enjoyed a course more than my first art history course. I came across this painting while researching Swedish immigration. My amateur understanding of art history allowed me to see this painting with fresh eyes. In the Land of Promise, Castle Garden by Charles UlrichCharles Ulrich’s painting captures
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