This one might be a bit oblique. Today I’m thankful for early Netherlandish painting.
Wikipedia has a nice summary. What fascinates me is the color and photorealism of the images. Some of them are nearly 600 years old and you can still imagine that the sitter will just get up and speak to you about what to make for lunch. They are that detailed. Many of the painters included complex religious iconography. I could ramble about particular aspects for a while. I won’t as I try to keep these short. Instead, enjoy my favorite, the Ghent Altarpiece by Jan Van Eyck.
Jan van Eyck [Public domain], via Wikimedia Common