06 marzo 2007

THE ARNOLFINI PORTRAIT

Directly from the National Gallery web: This work is a portrait of Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfini and his wife, but is not intended as a record of their wedding. His wife is not pregnant, as is often thought, but holding up her full-skirted dress in the contemporary fashion. Arnolfini was a member of a merchant family from Lucca living in Bruges. The couple are shown in a well-appointed interior.
The ornate Latin signature translates as 'Jan van Eyck was here 1434'. The similarity to modern graffiti is not accidental. Van Eyck often inscribed his pictures in a witty way. The mirror reflects two figures in the doorway. One may be the painter himself. Arnolfini raises his right hand as he faces them, perhaps as a greeting.
Van Eyck was intensely interested in the effects of light: oil paint allowed him to depict it with great subtlety in this picture, notably on the gleaming brass chandelier.
Oil on oak82.2 x 60 cm.

3 comentarios:

  1. Recuerdo cuando vi este cuadro, me encantaron sus colores y su delicadeza. Por cierto, me encata el nuevo aspecto de tu blog ;-)

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  2. Me encanta este cuadro...jejejeje!, y el nuevo look de tu blog. Besicos

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  3. Desde luego es uno de los mejores cuadros de Jan van Eyck (adoro la pintura flamenca)y como bien sugieres nos aporta mucha información de carácter costumbrista: vestidos, muebles, etc...Un detalle que me gusta mucho de este cuadro es el perrito ¿te has dado cuenta lo bien hecho que está?

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