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3 Apr 2011

Alice in Wonderland

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Jasmine Becket-Griffith
"Alice in a Van Eyck Portrait", 2011

"This is my favourite Alice in Wonderland painting I've done yet, and is probably the best painting I've done so far. (...) This is the sixth painting in my sub-series called "Alice in Other Lands" which are paintings featuring Alice in a variety of unusual circumstances, thrown into settings inspired by my love of art history (be sure to check out the others in my gallery). Here we have my Alice on the set of another one of the most beautiful and famous paintings in the world - "The Arnolfini Portrait" from the distant year 1434 by Jan van Eyck."  
Jasmine Becket-Griffith 


Jan Van Eyck
Arnolfini Portrait, 1434

"This work is a portrait of Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfini and his wife, but is not intended as a record of their wedding. His wife is not pregnant, as is often thought, but holding up her full-skirted dress in the contemporary fashion. Arnolfini was a member of a merchant family from Lucca living in Bruges. The couple are shown in a well-appointed interior. 

 The ornate Latin signature translates as 'Jan van Eyck was here 1434'. The similarity to modern graffiti is not accidental. Van Eyck often inscribed his pictures in a witty way. The mirror reflects two figures in the doorway. One may be the painter himself. Arnolfini raises his right hand as he faces them, perhaps as a greeting. 

 Van Eyck was intensely interested in the effects of light: oil paint allowed him to depict it with great subtlety in this picture, notably on the gleaming brass chandelier."

found at The National Gallery Site

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