Jan Van Eyck, “Arnolfini Portrait,” 1434, oil on panel, 32 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches, National Gallery, London

Jan Van Eyck’s important “Arnolfini Portrait” has been among the world’s most influential paintings since its creation in 1434. Acquired by the National Gallery, London, in 1842, the portrait then became an object of fascination for this important group of painters; a story that is told through this exhibition.

The National Gallery, London, is offering visitors the chance to explore how Jan Van Eyck’s (c.1390-1441) “Arnolfini Portrait” influenced the Pre-Raphaelites and their development of a radical new style of painting. Titled “Reflections,” the exhibition brings together for the first time the “Arnolfini Portrait” with paintings by, among others, Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896), and William Holman Hunt (1827-1910).

To learn more, visit the National Gallery.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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