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Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait

The Arnolfini Portrait (1434) by Flemish painter Jan van Eyck was remarkable for its time in part for the rendering of detail, but particularly for the use of light to evoke space in an interior.

Considered one of the most original and complex paintings in Western art, Van Eyck used the technique of applying several layers of thin translucent glazes to create a work of intense tone and colour.

Whatever meaning is given to the scene and its details, and there has been much debate on this including interpretations of wealth and gender roles, perhaps its greatest achievement is that we continue to admire, speculate and discuss Van Eyck's work and legacy.


Artist: Jan van Eyck (Flemish, ca. 1390–1441)




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