Talk 4 is the early Northern Renaissance masterpiece The Arnolfini Portrait by Flemish Master Jan van Eyck. Painted in oil on oak in 1434, the work has triggered no end of Art Historical discourse, with more recently discovered evidence pushing former scholarly theory into touch. A myriad of questions immediately arise upon close inspection: who are they? where are they? is this a homespun wedding or a grave funereal piece? what does the dog symbolise? what do we see in the mirror? what is written above the mirror?
The Irish poet Eavan Frances Boland tried to make sense of the painted portrait in acrostic terms:
Follow a coded Map of Meaning to learn more about the artist’s use of iconography.
Watch a Film Clip on the art work.
To learn more about the artist Jan van Eyck read Nick’s Artist’s Fact File
The work itself has led to extensive Scholarly Debate
The Talk itself:
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