On the Arnolfini Portrait and the Lucca Madonna: Did Jan van Eyck have a perspectival system?

Elkins, James
March 1991
Art Bulletin;Mar1991, Vol. 73 Issue 1, p53
Academic Journal
Attempts to settle the question of Jan van Eyck's perspective, at least in the case of the paintings `Arnolfini Portrait' and the `Lucca Madonna,' and tries to introduce a new, higher level of accuracy and reproducibility for perspectival reconstructions in general. Reconstruction of perspectival configurations in works of art; Close inspection of the 'Arnolfini Portrait', which reveals many more lines than previous analyses have shown; Two principal vanishing points in the 'Lucca Madonna'.


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