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God, Family & Success on Canvas
In 1434 Jan van Eyck painted The Arnolfini Wedding, which continues to mystify art scholars largely because of all the symbols and symbolism.
Most agree the painting is not an official wedding portrait but instead the celebration of many things that these days in America and the West are embraced and revered less.
The couple in the painting is a wealthy Italian aristocrat and his wife standing inside their home in Bruges.
The couple is proud of its devotion to virtues and accomplishments.
Virtues highlighted in American Artist:
Last week OXFAM called for the elimination of extreme individual wealth by 2025. We saw this coming and its part of a masterful although not subtle plan to break capitalism in favor of a socialistic global economy administrated by singular government or governments united by a singular purpose. The notion that massive individual wealth creates extreme poverty is completely wrong and disregards history.
The Arnolfini Wedding was painted in the aftermath of the Great Famine of 1315-1317 and the Black Death of 1348-1350 that wrecked Europe. Just as life and hope started coming back to Europe so, too, did trade with the rest of the world. This was the start of individual capitalism which can be defined as using money to create more money. At the center of this trade were city-states of Italy with parts of Europe, particularly the Netherlands. This was the source of the Arnolfini wealth.
This period ushered in the Renaissance which saw the recovery of Greek and Latin culture along with the expansion of knowledge and art. The period was stoked by merchants and commerce which put to an end to feudalism and created an anti-monarch movement. There is no doubt this movement brought Europe from near-death into a new age. Trade would continue to traverse Italy, bridging the western and eastern world and improving lives while creating individual wealth.
That's what this picture celebrates and what OXFAM and many others want to destroy in the name of helping the poor.
During this period plump women were considered sexy and the notion of birth most desirable. In fact, many women would pad their clothes to look plumper and send signals of fertility which explains why the woman in the painting is holding her dress to appear pregnant. Infant mortality was still high at this time so signs of fertility meant the possibility of lots of children.
Everything in the painting has a double meaning:
o Wealth- oranges and lemons imported from Spain
Eliminating the Wealthy
OXFAM claims income inequality has gotten to the point in Europe that it harks back to the time of Charles Dickens. That comment is plain asinine yet it's the kind of rhetoric being used to stoke an international war ostensibly on the extreme rich but in reality against capitalism.
OXFAM used recent literature to push their point, typical politicians and economists and overblown assessments of the importance of the Occupy movement. The organization is looking for governments to enforce the following:
Capitalism and its celebration beginning with the oil masterpiece (at the time an experimental medium) by Jan van Eyck ushered in a period of prosperity in Europe that lifted the lives of all its citizens. Now Europe is stuck in the quicksand of its welfare societies that are a drag on most nations, save those with unlimited oil gushing out of the North Sea. But the rest of the world, after watching the west enjoy immense wealth and living standards, wants a piece of the action.
Sure, there is no doubt America is lurching toward becoming Greece or Spain in the name of fairness and would adopt OXFAM proposals were it not for those Americans that still think it's great to compete and to win and to get rich. The pendulum of public opinion is swinging in the wrong direction and there is a war for the soul and future of the nation. But around the world wealth is enjoyed and desirable.
The richest dowry in history just happened this year in China where Chinese businessman Wu Duanbiao gave his daughter and her husband $150 million in cash and stock.
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