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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
- Jan van Eyck, Ghent Altarpiece, Arnolfini Portrait, John van Eyck, Arnolfini Wedding Portrait, Portrait-Unique idiosyncratic physiognomy