Wednesday, September 14, 2016
This painting is called "Arnolfini Wedding" and was painted by Jan Van Eyck in 1434. This painting is showing the wedding of Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfini, an Italian merchant, and his wife. It is considered the most original and complex paintings in Western art because of the use of the mirror reflecting the image. Almost every object in this painting shows the theme of the sanctity of marriage from the shoes on the ground, representing a quote from the Book of Exodus, to the dog, representing fidelity. This caught my eye because I thought the woman was pregnant and it was representing a scandal but after reading about it I found that she is just holding her dress in a contemporary fashion.