The Arnolfini Portrait is a beautiful piece of art, but the subject matter is quite complicated. The painting was painted in the seventeenth century. It was first attributed to Giovanni di Arrigo Arnolfini in the 1830s. The couple is described as aristocratic and come from the richest banking families of Lucca. While the couple are dressed in luxurious clothing, they show restraint even in their extravagant attire. The woman doesn’t wear ostentatious jewelry or excessive jewelry, which may be a reference to death.

In the 13th century, the painting was already well-known. However, it was not until the seventeenth century that the Arnolfini name was attached to the painting. A Dutch historian, Herman Theodoor Colenbrander, mentioned that the painting symbolized the marriage of a merchant and his bride. The portrait was later given to the Queen of Austria, who gave it to her in 1516. The Arnolfini family had been in Luca for centuries and had been renowned for its trade in luxury fabrics. According to the legend, two of these cousins were part of the Italian merchant community.

The Arnolfini Portrait depicts a couple exchanging marriage vows. The painting was a masterpiece of Northern Renaissance painting, and was revolutionary for its time. It was also the first genre painting, and it tells a lot about fifteenth century society and the Western paradigm of marriage and family. As a result, the Arnolfini Portrait is one of the most popular works of art in the world today.

The artist’s signature, as found on the convex mirror, is in Latin. It states, “Johannes de eyck fuit hic. 1434.” The elaborate script could only be found on official papers. Erwin Panofsky and Margaret Carroll both think the signature was appended to a marriage certificate or a business deal. They think the painting commemorates a special event in the lives of the couple.

The Arnolfini Portrait has been a subject of controversy for centuries. The painting has been debated by historians over the meaning of the little dog in front of the couple. The dog is most likely a lap dog, but it is also used to symbolize faithfulness between the couple. Originally, it is a symbol of faithfulness and affection and the dog was probably a companion for the couple.