By reading the title of the madonna of chancellor

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can depict just herself as well. By reading the title of “The Madonna Of Chancellor Rolin” it’s almost misleading because it’s written in a way that means as if the Chancellor is claiming
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Madonna the be his belonging, but it is quite the opposite. It is to show unity using 3 arcades, each representing different religious figures and the royalty together. Some would even say that because they are separated into 3 arcades that it also represents the holy trinity and their presence. With their placement being very carefully symmetrical to one another it really gives the visual of the opposing worlds between these 2 figures, the divine world of the Madonna and the earthly world of the Chancellor. On the left side you see the Chancellor, royalty, kneeling before the “Madonna” wearing his extravagant clothing almost surrendering his role as a royal prince and giving into religion. On the right you see the “Madonna” sitting on a higher chair holding her child Jesus. By having them sitting in that manner it almost gives them a divine look, which is fitting for the painting because how prominent and powerful these figures are in their respective religion. It is as if the child Jesus is extending his arm to give his blessing. To add more to the religious presence in the painting, there’s also many depictions of religious stories in the background, in between the pillars such as Noah’s Ark, mainly stories or episodes of when mankind fell from grace and the chancellor trying to gain forgiveness.
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  • Spring '14
  • Mckenna,P
  • Early Netherlandish painting, Oil painting, Chancellor

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