06 marzo 2007


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 ;-)

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

  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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