Reflections : Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites
In 1842, Jan van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait (1434) was acquired by the National Gallery in London. It quickly exerted an influence on British artists, none more so than the young painters of the nascent Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, who were drawn to van Eyck's luminous palette, attention to detail, and refined manipulation of oil paints. This book presents the Arnolfini Portrait with a selection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings it inspired and accompanies an exhibition at the National Gallery.
The authors explore how Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Sir John Everett Millais, and William Holman Hunt, among others, were influenced by the Arnolfini Portrait, informing their belief in empirical observation and inspiring them to explore how everyday objects could be endowed with symbolic meanings.
- Paperback: 96 pages
- Date published: October 2017
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1857096194
- Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 21.0 cm
'a very enjoyable read and highly recommended for those interested in the Pre-Raphaelites'
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