The Madonna and child in Tomme’s painting have tanner skin and darker hair. The Madonna and child in Bouts’ painting have more fair skin and reddish hair. This makes me remember that everyone in these times didn’t have a means of transportation, let alone travel so their depictions of religious figures had to be similar to their native people.
In Tomme’s painting everyone has halos including the saints. He painted them in a whiteish transparent hue with gold patterns. In comparison to Bouts’ painting, he only painted a halo around Madonna and not the child. Bout’s color choice for her halo is like if the top of her head is emitting a bluish-green light and the halo around her head is a shadow. It’s very easy to miss her halo. I noticed it as I was walking away from the painting and realized there was a darker area around her head.
You can see the dramatic change in just one century apart. The amount of detail that Bouts put into his painting is unbelievable. From the landscape in the background to the detail of the throne. In Tomme’s painting his color palette and creativity amuses me. The smirk and frown on the saint’s faces really have me questioning what that