Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Van Eyck, "Arnolfini Wedding,”

This work is a portrait of Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfini and his wife done by Van Eyck in 1434. This portrait is actually not intended as a record of their wedding,and it may look like his wife is pregnant but she isn’t, she was actually holding up her dress. Van Eyck painted this on an oak panel with oil paint and mostly focused on the effects of lighting. It was also interesting to see how many objects in the painting symbolized something like with the dog representing fidelity and wealth and the cast-off shoes holy ground, also how Eyck managed to recreate the marriage scene in the small mirror in the back. I chose this pieces because it looked kind of creepy to me and the title had “wedding” in it and the bride looks very pregnant which wasn't very traditional to be pregnant before marriage back in the day, so I wanted to find out more about. 

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