Friday, February 12, 2010

Arnolfini Wedding, Perspective Lines

Arnolfini Wedding is such an amazing painting. It still evokes curiosity and debate from scholars with regards of how it was painted and the symbolism portrayed. It's a shame however, that it suffers from some perspective flaws. Still, it adds to the character of the painting. Afterall, Jan van Eyck was one of the first people to start painting in oil. I made this visual to show some of the perspective lines since I couldn't find a good hi-res version on the internet. Enjoy!!

Jan van Eyck
Arnolfini Wedding (Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife)
Oil on oak panel of 3 vertical boards
32.4 in × 23.6 in
National Gallery, London


Brian said...

I am perpetually in awe of the early Netherlandish work. As for the perspective, at the time modern perspective had not yet been discovered, and it would indeed be a century or two before Italian discoveries about it would filter through to the north, partly via Durer. One can often see that SOMETHING is not quite right with the perspective, but it is not so glaring as to be really bothersome, and as you say, it greatly adds to the unique Gothic sort of character.

Anonymous said...

The lines of perspective in this painting do not match up because the room is fictional. Van Eyck made the room up - there is no vanishing point because there was no vanishing point.

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