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Vintage print is taken from Portfolio 1 of the 1958 Metropolitan Museum of Art's Seminars in Art book series. As part of the Book of the Month club, this art Seminar series was subscription that sent new portfolios of prints every month along with a book to study the art and learn to appreciate fine art. Each book contained a dozen unbound full color prints of selected works.

This vintage art print find is a color reproduction of the 1434 oil painting on oak wood called the Marriage of Giovanni Arnolfini and Giovanna Cenami by the Flemish artist Jan van Eyck.

You may have seen this painting in art books before. It is a famous example of how oil painting can depict variations in light, and van Eyck is also famous for his ability to show depth and perspective in art, which was a hallmark of Renaissance art. I've personally always loved this painting. It's packed with little details, like the little dog at the feet of the bride. Also the round mirror in the background reflects the people, and this touch by the painter must have been exceptionally thrilling back in the 1400s.

Also interesting about this marriage portrait is its total lack of enthusiasm The couple do not look at each other. The joining of their hands seems forced and ritualistic. It's interesting to consider this portrayal of marriage as purely an economic union void of romance. When I look at the picture I wonder will they ever come to like each other? Will this young bride be forever disregarded by her husband who seemingly cares little that a young woman will now share his bed? Oh well at least she has the dog to keep her company and apparently the means to go shopping for trendy shoes. Some oranges rest on the window sill. At least she has entered a prosperous household. Hopefully that dour older husband will be gone on business trips a lot and she can entertain some dashing young musician on the sly.

The print is a full color reproduction measuring 12-1/2" h x 9-1/2" w. The print has some white space around the edges ranging from about 1 inch. to 1-1/2" on the bottom.

The print is on heavy paper stock and in excellent condition without tears or blemishes.

It is suitable for framing or can be used to enhance a scrapbook, collage, or decoupage project. This fine image could also be scanned for use in new artistic works.

This print ships within the United States. I will send it by U.S. mail with stiff cardboard or a manila folder around it to prevent bending, folding and tearing during transit.

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1958 vintage art print by Jan van Eyck suitable for framing or use in new upcycling projects


  • Vintage Supply from the 1950s
  • Material: vintage art print
  • Only ships within United States.
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