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The Arnolfini Portrait by Van Eyck

The Arnolfini Portrait. 1434. By Jan van Eyck (1394-1441). Oil on oak panel. National Gallery. London. Great Britain

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The Arnolfini Portrait," painted by the renowned Flemish artist Jan van Eyck in 1434, is a captivating masterpiece of the Early Netherlandish art of the 15th century, now proudly displayed at the National Gallery in London, England. This exquisite oil on oak panel painting depicts a married couple, Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfini and his wife, standing in the intimate space of their home. The couple, dressed in fashionable attire, are shown in front of a richly furnished interior, complete with a grand bed, canopy, and a luxurious green carpet. The room is filled with intricate details that highlight the couple's wealth and status. A chandelier hangs above their heads, casting a warm, inviting light on the scene. The convex mirror on the wall reflects the couple and their dog, adding an element of illusionism and depth to the painting. The couple holds hands, symbolizing their union and commitment to each other. A small table in the foreground is adorned with a fruit bowl and a jewel box, emphasizing the abundance and luxury of their lifestyle. The couple's attire, with the husband wearing a fur-trimmed robe and the wife in a fitted, draped gown, further emphasizes their affluence. The painting's intricate details and lifelike representation of the couple and their surroundings are characteristic of van Eyck's innovative technique of oil painting, which allowed for a greater degree of realism and depth than previous painting styles. The Arnolfini Portrait is a testament to van Eyck's artistic mastery and a significant contribution to the history of European art. This painting, with its timeless beauty and intricate details, continues to captivate viewers and art enthusiasts alike, offering a glimpse into the luxurious lifestyle of a 15th-century merchant and his bride.

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