Pictures Around Cromer
Portrait of Giovanni(?) Arnolfini and his Wife

Jan van Eyck

The Arnolfini Portrait can be found at Cromer Library

Portrait of Giovanni(?) Arnolfini and his Wife

Jan van Eyck

The Arnolfini Portrait can be found at Cromer Library

Jan van Eyck, Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife, 1434
Jan van Eyck, active 1422; died 1441
Portrait of Giovanni(?) Arnolfini and his Wife, 1434
Oil on oak, 82.2 x 60 cm
Bought, 1842
© The National Gallery, London

Portrait of Giovanni(?) Arnolfini and his Wife, 1434


Jan van Eyck

Oil on oak 82.2 × 60 cm

This must be one of the most famous and intriguing paintings in the world. A richly dressed man and woman stand in a private room. They are probably Giovanni di Nicolao di Arnolfini, an Italian merchant working in Bruges, and his wife.

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Jan van Eyck, Portrait of a Man (Self Portrait?), 1433, National Gallery, London, UK.
Portrait of a Man (Self Portrait?), 1433, © National Gallery London

Jan van Eyck

Little is known of van Eyck’s origins, but he probably came from Maaseik, near Maastricht, and was of the gentry class. He is first heard of in 1422 working in The Hague for John of Bavaria, ruler of Holland. From 1425 he was at Bruges and Lille as painter to Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy. In 1428 van Eyck was sent to Portugal to paint Philip the Good’s future wife, Isabella of Portugal.

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