There’s a good reason why art is one of the most sacred and celebrated aspects of human civilization. Not only does it provide us with a doorway into the past, but also allows us inside of the minds of the geniuses that create it. When it comes to timeless works of art such as Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper or Michelangelo’s painting in the Sistine Chaple, it’s widely accepted that these are amazing pieces. But sometimes, works such as these have small details that people have looked over for centuries. Take a trip back in time and discover the secrets that can be found in some of history’s most valued works of art.
See the message Michaelangelo was sending in his painting in the Sistine Chaple.
The Arnolfini Portrait: Jan van Eyck (1434)
Photo Credit: Jan van Eyck
The Arnolfini Portraited by Jan van Eyck is a painting of Italian merchant Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfini and his wife. It is celebrated for its impressive use of space, lighting, and the realism in portraying the couple and their surroundings. While the painting in itself is impressive, there’s more to the painting than meets the eye.
Although people have found symbolism in the various items around the room, one of the most discussed aspects can be found in the reflection in the mirror in the back of the room. If you look closely, you can make out two additional figure standing in the doorway. One of them is assumed to be Jan van Eyck himself, immortalizing himself in a portrait of others.