1. Hidden or disguised symbolism was a favorite vehicle of the Northern Renaissance painters. This “secret iconography” was not so secret to the contemporary viewer of works like Robert Campin’s Merode Altarpiece (Fig. 8-3) or Jan Van Eyck’s Giovanni Arnolfini and His Wife (Fig. 8-6).
People of this period would have instantly recognized the hidden meaning of the objects, just as you instantly recognize the meaning of the app icons on your smart phone. Also, it became a kind of game or pastime to try to find all of the objects and meanings.
2. Watch this short video, then using the two works above, see if you can list at least 5 (five) objects and their hidden meaning for each painting!
Compose a minimum of two paragraphs addressing the topic/questions in the assignment.