ART HIST 250 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Jan Van Eyck, Giovanni Arnolfini, Hans Memling

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Hans Holbein the youger, The French Ambassadors, 1533. Oil and tempera on wood.
Skull is blob in bottom
Anamorphic perspective: twist and contort perspectival orientation
Cannot make it out when engaging an analysis of the shiny objects
In order to see death must give up on the viewing of luxury objects
Small statue of crucifix in top left corner
Jan van Eyck, Man in a Red Turban, 1433, oil on wood.
Emphasis on the individual and objects and possessions
Jan van Eyck, Giovanni Arnolfini double portrait, 1434. Oil on wood
Wedding Picture
First shown in 1870sish.
One removes one’s shoes on hallowed ground: shoes are removed
Dog is symbol of fidelity. Fido~fidelity
Jan van Eyck was here 1434: First Grafiti
Needed a witness to perform betrothal
Enscription/ signature is that of Jan van Eyck on the back wall
Convex mirror: provides a view of those things not within the painting
Shows two figures in the background
May have needed two witnesses for wedding
Odd that view of mirror is in perspective of viewer
Hans Memling, Diptych of Martin van Nieuwenhove, 1487. Oil on wood
Donor is in the panel next to her in perpetual prayer towards Mary
Mirror reflects a window divided in the middle and back of the virgin
IN the mirror that reflects what is in front of her, we see donor and virgin
brought together
Jan (and Hubert) van Eyck, Ghent Altarpiece, 1432. Closed slate
Polyptic: many panels
The annunciation to Mary
Words emerge from Mary’s mouth: “behold the handmaiden of the lord
Homunculus: Fucked up little person that flies in places
Iconography: the choice on the side of the painter to include certain things
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