Monday, May 2, 2011

Eyck, Jan van

The Marriage of Giovanni Arnolfini and Giovanna Cenami
Oil on wood, 81.8 x 59.7 cm (32 1/4 x 23 1/2 in)
National Gallery, London

Eyck, Jan van
(before c. 1395 – before July 9, 1441)
Flemish painter who perfected the newly developed technique of oil painting.
Almost every detail can be interpreted as a symbol.
The companion dog is seen as a symbol of faithfulness and love. The fruits on the window ledge probably stand for fertility and our fall from Paradise. Even the discarded shoes are not thought to be incidental, but to signify the sanctity of marriage.