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The Arnolfini Portrait

The Arnolfini Portrait shows the Italian merchant Giovanni Arnolfini and his wife. The oil painting was done by Early Netherlandish artist Jan van Eyck in 1434. It’s been hanging in the National Gallery in London since 1843. One of the things that makes this painting so unique is the convex mirror between the two characters. If we look closely we see not only the backs of the couple, but also two people entering the room, perhaps the painter himself. Above the mirror van Eyck has signed the work graffiti style.

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