Jan Van Eyck, The Arnolfini Portrait

Jan Van Eyck, The Arnolfini Portrait,1434, tempera and oil on oak panel, 82.2 x 60 cm (National Gallery, London)

Using infrared reflectography, Rachel Billinge explains aspects of the artist’s meticulous underdrawing for the work and some of the fascinating secrets it reveals.


Additional resources:

This painting at The National Gallery

The many questions surrounding Jan Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait (from ARTstor)


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Cite this page as: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Jan Van Eyck, The Arnolfini Portrait," in Smarthistory, November 25, 2015, accessed December 8, 2023, https://smarthistory.org/jan-van-eyck-the-arnolfini-portrait/.