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This essay is referring to Jan van Eyck Giovanni Arnolfini and His Bride and Hieonymous Bosch Garden of Earthly Delights The similarity that the two artist works have in common is the secular commission for private use Scholars have proposed that such a commission in combination with the central themes of marriage sex and procreation points to a wedding celebration According to our textbook this is the only similarity between the two paintings In the painting Giovanni Arnolfini and His Bride the artist depictions of betrothed couples in contemporary Flemish life and customs For instance in the painting Arnolfini and his bride Giovanna Cenami take the marriage vow The cast aside clogs indicate this event is taking place on holy ground The little dog symbolizes fidelity Behind the pair the curtains of the marriage bed have been opened The bedposts crowning ornament known as finial is a tiny statue of Saint Margaret who is the patron saint of childbirth From the finial hangs a whiskbroom symbolic of domestic care The oranges on the chest below the window may refer to fertility The small medallions set into the mirrors frame show tiny scenes from the Passion of Christ and represent Gods ever-present promise of salvation for the figures reflected on the mirrors convex surface These are all Flemish custom traditions Brides were present with clogs and the solitary lit candle in the chandelier is part of Flemish marriage practices Placement of the figures represents conventional gender roles In contrast Boschs art is very dark and detailed it shows the worst traits of mankind and the purpose is to moralize and warn against human vice In the creation of eve god creates eve as a mate for adam in the garden of eden Some of the symbols shows that their fall from grace is immanent One symbol is the owl who symbolizes evil during the middle ages The landscape seems surreal and strange with gremlin like features
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