Merode Altarpiece (Campin, Northern Renaissance, 1425 CE) Triptych (3 panels), oil paint, extreme detail Left: Patrons; Center: Annunciation (Mary, Gabriel, Jesus flying in window); Right: Joseph working in wood shop Disguised symbolism: - lily: trinity with bud as Jesus - candle extinguished: holy light of Jesus entered the room - mousetrap: Joseph as mousetrap for Devil (age) - pot: "empty vessel"
"The Annunciation Triptych" displays the hallmarks of the emergent Early Netherlandish style. A fascination with the natural world dominates. The smallest details are meticulously worked to reflect reality on a two-dimensional plane. Illusionistic effects are enhanced by the technical innovation of overlaying translucent oil pigments on aqueous opaque pigments. The resulting luminous, enamel-like surface achieves apparent depth, rich gradations of light