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Art Interpretation: The Arnolfini Portrait

Reflect back on your interpretation of The Arnolfini Portrait, by Jan van Eyck, circa 1434 in the “Post Your Introduction” discussion.  

Watch the video “Van Eyck, Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife, 1434.” ( After watching the video, respond to the following in your discussion post:

  1. What key components of the work of art were discussed in the interpretation?
  2. What were some details shared regarding the method, tools, subjects, and social implications of the work of art?
  3. What was one example of symbolism identified in the work of art?


Now that you’ve explored an example of an in-depth analysis of a work of art, how did this analysis differ from your own initial interpretation? What components of the analysis were absent from your own initial interpretation?

Your initial post must at least 200 words in length.