Thetwo works being compared in this writing assignment (Van Eyck’s DoublePortrait, and Giotto’s Meeting of Joachim and Anna) are visually very differentin several ways such as with their: setting, medium, techniques used, etc.Taking a more critical look at the two works it is apparent that although thereare many differences, there are also many similarities within the two piecesincluding their symbolic references and certain contents. While looking at the two pieces, it is clear in bothworks that couples are being portrayed in acts of union. Looking at Giotto’swork, the viewer sees Saint.
Joachim and Saint. Anne in an act of union underthe golden gates of Jerusalem. The couple is embracing intimately, signifyingstrong connection and feelings of love which, were emerging themes in artduring the time this work was created.
When looking at Van Eyck’s work thecouple being portrayed are seen in a ‘bedroom’ in a less intimate act of union.The couple can be seen holding hands and sharing a seemingly important momenttogether. In both works it is evident that there are individuals watching thecouples in their acts of union; in Giotto’s work the witnesses can be seen onthe left side of the painting and under the golden gates; in the work of VanEyck the witnesses can be seen in the reflection of the mirror in thebackground. It is notable in the work by Giotto that there is a woman dressedin black looking away from the union, which could symbolize/foreshadow darkevents in the future of the couple. Inboth works it is evident that there are strong hints to god, using color andobject symbolism.
Both works use the color gold (which is often associated withChrist) in strategic ways, implying that he is present in both unions. Inaddition to this it can be seen in the work by Giotto that St. Joachim, and Anneboth have golden halos showing their association with Christ (their halosappear to combine during their embrace), and in the work of Van Eyck; thesingle