Robert Campin’s Mérode Altarpiece (Art of the Cloisters)

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This video examines Robert Campin’s Mérode Altarpiece. Instead of describing Campin’s visual language of meticulous realism or analyzing his use of disguised symbolism (which have the two principle ways in which this work has been examined) this video considers what he accomplished with the unprecedented depiction of the annunciation as an event unfolding in a fifteenth century Flemish living room. Written and narrated by Dr. James Romaine.