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Unformatted text preview: Arnolfini Wedding Portrait Husband a tax collector, wife from Paris Fairly large painting, for a wedding portrait Portrait-Unique idiosyncratic physiognomy. Unique to each person. Not using linear perspective in a strict geometric sense o Orthogonals do not line up at a specific point o Northern artists generalize Composition organized in a symmetrical fashion Along the central axis there is a dog, shoes, hands, mirror, inscription, and chandelier. Treating this as a sacred space, shoes off Portraits are commissioned on particularly special occasions Painted every single hair on the dog, dog is a symbol of wealth, of a certain breed, also an indicator of fidelity. Arnolfini raising his right hand and taking an oath Oranges in the background indicate wealth, as does Asian carpet Space is organized not perfectly, but to emphasize certain things One candle burning on chandelier, may represent the marriage candle, reminds the couple to get down to business.the couple to get down to business....
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- Fall '07