Masterpieces Unveiled

Masterpieces Unveiled

Jan Van Eyck
Season 1  |  Episode 5  |  FOXTEL Arts  |  February 21, 2016

The image of the wealthy merchant from Lucca Giovanni Arnolfini shown together with his wife in the intimacy of their comfortable home in Bruges has always been considered the brilliant figurative proof of the commercial and artistic relations between Italy and Flanders in the 15th century. However, there has been a certain amount of doubtful attention devoted to the figures for some time; in fact, the hypothesis that one of the maximum masterpieces of portraiture of all times may not depict the Arnolfinis at all, but the van Eycks.

The image of the wealthy merchant from Lucca Giovanni Arnolfini shown together with his wife in the intimacy of their comfortable home in Bruges has always been considered the brilliant figurative proof of the commercial and artistic relations between Italy and Flanders in the 15th century. However, there has been a certain amount of doubtful attention devoted to the figures for some time; in fact, the hypothesis that one of the maximum masterpieces of portraiture of all times may not depict the Arnolfinis at all, but the van Eycks.

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