Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

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)

Exhibition Highlights


Il Dolce Far Niente (detail), 1866

William Holman Hunt

Il Dolce Far Niente
Exhibition Highlights
Il Dolce Far Niente (detail), 1866
Private collection © Photo courtesy of the owner , William Holman Hunt

William Holman Hunt

Il Dolce Far Niente, 1888
oil on canvas, 99.1 cm x 80 cm
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