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Arnolfini’s Marriage

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Jan van Eyck was “one of the greatest and most influential Flemish painters of altarpieces and portraits of the 1400's” (Hayes).   van Eyck's paintings often include objects with hidden symbolic meaning.   There are several different interpretations of the symbolic meaning concerning his portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his second bride often referred to as “The Arnolfini Marriage”.   Marriage is a sacred union between man and woman.   A wedding is one of the most important events in a woman’s life.   Often a wedding occurs in the present of the wedding party, family members and friends.   During the 1400’s a wedding ceremony was performed in the privacy of the home.   van Eyck was hired to paint a portrait of this marriage union.   “Some art historians, like Panofsky, claim that van Eyck was a witness to the Arnolfini wedding and the painting serves as documentation of their vows” (Kren).


Jeanne de Chenany looks pregnant in her green wedding dress, this wedding was kept private because it was a secret or maybe this type of dress was very stylish during the 1400’s.   The bride was definitely not a virgin, because white symbolizes pureness not green.   Arnolfini is holding Jeanne de Chenany hand as an expression of his love for her.   This wedding was held during the daytime because you can clearly see the light through the window in the painting.   The single burning candle in the chandelier was not needed to light up the room.   This candle symbolizes the union candle or could even symbolize the presence of God.   In the Renaissance culture, a devotional candle signified God’s all-seeing knowledge (Pioch).   Arnolfini and his bride are not wearing any shoes.   This symbolizes the floor is considered   holy ground or the sanctity of marriage (Pioch).   Some art historians claim the shoes do not have a symbolic meaning.   Dog were considered a symbol of devotion and love so often they were included in portraits of a married couple.   van Eyck painted the mirror as a...
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  1. clarification of bride's name and update
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    • Feb 23, 2005 - Evaluator: (MissIvonne)
    • Actually, the lingua franca of Flanders was French since, at the time, it was under the control of the Duke of Burgundy. (That's why they speak French in some parts of Belgium.) So Jeanne de Chenany is the Frenchified version of Giovanna Cenami. You can see that, can't you? However, the essay doesn't take into account the latest research into the painting heretofore known as the Arnolfini wedding. A French historian discovered that the Arnolfinis didn't marry until after Jan van Eyck had been dead. You can see the BBC piece on this, "The Mystery of the Marriage," at http://www.open2.net/renaissance/prog1/script/scriptp1.htm.
  2. ºBetter luck next timeº
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    • Dec 06, 2003 - Evaluator: (CrazyCheshireCat)
    • First off, the brides name is Giovanna Cenami, and the green dress does not mean that she is not a virgin. Second, Giovanni Arnolfini is taking her hand to lead her away towards many things, generally away into their new life together. At any rate this is a very last minute, brief and not at all very descriptive essay for this work. As well as a poorly researched one.
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    • Apr 23, 2003 - Evaluator: (hippyhaze)
    • "Jeanne de Chenany looks pregnant in her green wedding dress, this wedding was kept private because it was a secret or maybe this type of dress was very stylish during the 1400’s. The bride was definitely not a virgin, because white symbolizes pureness not green." Jeanne de Chenany would definately have been a virgin at the time of her marriage. The colour of her wedding dress bears no relevance to her purity since white was not traditionally worn in marriage ceremonys until the second half of the nineteenth century. As for her appearance of being pregnant, this is simply yet another symbol. Jeanne is holding the dress up to her stomach in this manner to signify the hope of future children, of which the couple unfortunately had none.