November 29 2023

Video: The Courtauld

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A reader has very kindly drawn my attention to the following lecture filmed at the Courtauld Institute the other week (I am yet to watch it myself). The presentation by Dr Stephan Kemperdick, Curator of Early Netherlandish and Early German Painting at the Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, examines the documentary evidence for the portrait's traditional identification. Amongst his claims is that the identification with the Arnolfini family is a misreading of an inventory description, and this famous image may well in fact be a forgotten self portrait of the artist and his wife.

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