Van Eyck, Arnolfini Wedding, 1434


Works Cited
Korroch, Molly, and Kate Korroch. "Marz & Me: Jan van Eyck - Arnolfini Wedding Portrait (A3)." Marz & Me. N.p., 3 Mar. 2009. Web. 19 Jan. 2010. <>.
Pioch, Nicolas. "WebMuseum: Eyck, Jan van: The Arnolfini Marriage." - we love project gutenberg!. WebMuseum, Pairs, 19 June 2006. Web. 19 Jan. 2010. <>.
"THE ARNOLFINI WEDDING." Princeton High School. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Jan. 2010. <>.

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Source 1:
I decided to use this website because it seemed to provide background information along with information telling what the symbolism is in the painting.
  • Painted oil on wood
  • candle represents God's all-seeing eye or the bridal candle
  • Saint Margret, patron saint of childbirth, is carved into the high chair-back
  • signature on wall reads, "Jan van Eyrk was present", it is meant to be a witness to the wedding's signature
  • convex mirror, around mirror medallions depicting the life of Christ, depicted in mirror, Eyck and a witness depicted in mirror
  • companion dog- loyalty
  • fruit- fertility
  • shoes- sanctity of marriage

Source 2:
I decide to use this source because it is complete with all of the symbolism in detail
  • one of first artists to use oil painting
  • takes place in Netherlands
  • man in wedding powerful merchant
  • woman daughter of merchant
  • candle used in religious ceremonies
  • dog represents faith
  • the bed shows that it was the first portrayal of a wedding outside of the church

Source 3:
I decided to use this source be it covers everything about the painting that one could possibly need when analyzing this painting.
  • shoes- holy ground, domestic peace and stability
  • dog- loyalty or lust
  • window on man's side- shows he has access to outside world
  • bed- shows fertility, red shows lust, folds show wealth
  • clothing shows wealth
  • cherries- show innocence and purity
  • oranges- innocence, purity and wealth
  • white cap- purity
  • open curtain- public marriage, she stays in bed while he goes out


In the year 1434, the painting Arnolfini Wedding was created by artist Jan van Eyck in present day Netherlands. The oil on wood painting is meant to show a wedding between a rich and powerful merchant and the daughter of a rich and powerful merchant. Their names are Giovanni and Giovanna. Apart from the seemingly concrete subject, a wealth of symbolism is hidden beneath. Almost every object portrayed in the painting means something of importance. The candle is representing God's all-seeing eye. Saint Margret, the patron saint of fertility, is carved into the chair in the back of the room. The dog represents faint, loyalty, and lust while the fruit represents fertility, innocence, purity, and wealth. The shoes in the corner of the painting represents the sanctity of marriage, holy ground, domestic peace, and stability. The window on the man's side shows that he has access to the outside world while the bed shows that the woman is meant to make babies and tend to the house. Their extravagant clothing shows that they are form a wealthy family. The cherries show innocence and purity along with the white cap. Lastly, the open curtain shows that the marriage is now public. It also shows that she must stay in bed while the man may go out.
Jimmy Loomis

-Focus on life in this world
-Stressed the importance of human beings
-Cared about the individual
-Learning for the benefit of you in this lifetime, for your enjoyment
-Balance between religious faith and life
Charles Cella

1. Charles, you need a paragraph about the PICTURE!!!
2. The notes from class is not what you need!!!!!!!!
3. ITS 2 DAYS LATE!!!!!!!!!!
Jimmy Loomis