Jan Van Eyck's (1390-1441) Arnolfini portrait is one of the most famous painting at The National Gallery in London. This painting is full of objects, and there has been a lot explaining of their symbols. The most intriguing is still the mirror behind the couple, where also the painter himself is reflected. Now there is a really interesting exhibition at The National Gallery about this mirror and how it inspired the Pre-Raphaelites and other artists at the end of the 1800's when this painting by Van Eyck was purchased by the National Gallery. The mirror suits fine to the symbolic imagery preferred by the Pre-Raphaelites, in its way the mirror can like be telling stories of an another parallel and secret world. There was a model of an round convex mirror on the wall at the exhibition, so you could observe your own mirror image.
|Jan Van Eyck|
|Sidney Meteyard (1868-1947)|
|Mark Gertler (1891-1918)|
|John William Waterhouse (1849-1917)|
|William Orpen (1878-1931)|