Current Location:
Building E (DEV) -> 3rd Floor (DEV; E)
Location Notes:
DEV;3rd fl., Across from Rm. 325E

The Arnolfini Portrait

Artwork
Identifier:
1999.568.1
Artist:
Jan van Eyck
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Reproduction Poster of the Original Painting
Date:
1999
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 32.5 in Width: 21.75 in
Description:
Poster of van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait. Nicely dressed man and woman (pregnant) standing in room. Red and green border.
Historical Context:
Jan van Eyck or Johannes de Eyck was an early Norse painter active in Bruges, Belgium who was considered to be one of the best Northern European painters of the 15th century. He worked mostly with nobles, producing paintings for private clients in addition to his work in the royal courts. In this piece, the Arnolfini Portrait (London, National Gallery), van Eyck inscribed on the back wall (in the painting) above the convex mirror "Johannes de Eyck fuit hic 1434" (Jan van Eyck was here, 1434). The painting is one of the most frequently analyzed by art historians, but in recent years a number of popular interpretations have been questioned.