Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

2 October 2017–2 April 2018

Exhibition Overview

Il Dolce Far Niente (detail), 1866

Acquired by the National Gallery in 1842, the Arnolfini Portrait informed the Pre-Raphaelites’ belief in empirical observation, their ideas about draughtsmanship, colour and technique, and the ways in which objects in a picture could carry symbolic meaning.

The exhibition will bring together for the first time the 'Arnolfini Portrait' with paintings from the Tate collection and loans from other museums, to explore the ways in which Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882), Sir John Everett Millais (1829–1896) and William Holman Hunt (1827–1910), among others, were influenced by the painting in their work.

Exhibition organised by the National Gallery in collaboration with Tate Britain.

(Image: Il Dolce Far Niente, William Holman Hunt, 1866, oil on canvas, 99.1 cm x 80 cm. Private collection © Photo courtesy of the owner)

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