scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,406
An essay written by a renowned art historian Erwin Panofsky discusses the controversyover a famous painting The disputation was over the identification of the two people portrayedin the painting The painting was a portrait thought to be Giovanni Arnofili and his wife and theartist was Jan van Eyck Panofsky wrote this essay to prove that this painting found in 1815which he refers to as the London portrait is identical to a picture which was once acquired byQueen Mary of Hungary among others The Hapsburg painting referring to the one owned bythe Queen was lost in 1789 In my essay I will show the proof given by Panofsky that the twoBy tracing the provenance of the paintings Panofsky validates his theory that the two mayvery well be just one The theory that the two paintings are but one has been named theOrthodox Theory Since the Hapsburg painting was lost in 1789 and the London portraitwasnt discovered until 1815 it is more than possible that the two paintings are the same Thegap in time between the loss of one and discovery of the other painting is thought by Panofskydue to someone running off with the painting during the Napoleon war Panofskys essay holds much evidence to support the Orthodox Theory For instance theprecise inventories of the Hapsburg painting describe a man and a woman standing in a roomjoining hands with a mirror reflecting them from behind That description is identical to theLondon painting Also both paintings were dated 1434 Still there are some controversies toexplore despite the obvious descriptions of the paintings First there was an inscription on theLondon painting that read Johannes de Eyck fuit hic If this was translated in Latin it wouldread with grammatical errors Johannes van Eyck was here Since there were some doubtsabout that translation it was taken by some to mean This is Johannes van Eyck Thisinterpretation made the people in the London painting Johannes and his wife not Arnolfini Thiswas
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA