Girl in a Green Gown: The History and Mystery of the Arnolfini Portrait (Paperback)
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Girl in a Green Gown: The History and Mystery of the Arnolfini Portrait (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 06/09/2012
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WITH A FOREWORD BY GRAYSON PERRY

Carola Hicks sets out to solve the mystery of one of art history's greatest paintings, The Arnolfini Portrait

The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck in 1434 hangs in the National Gallery in London and remains a mystery to this day. Is the painting of the girl in the green gown the celebration of marriage or pregnancy, a memorial to a wife who died in childbirth, a fashion statement or a status symbol? Using her acclaimed forensic skills as an art historian, Carola Hicks set out to decode the mystery of one the most enigmatic paintings in the western art.

'This book will send you back to the National Gallery with much sharper eyes' Independent on Sunday

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099526896
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
I was bowled over... It is a book of page-turning vignettes * Daily Telegraph *
Exploring the double portrait in revelatory detail, Hicks presents a truly inspiring picture of her own * The Times *
The book has sent me back to the painting...with wider and more inquisitive eyes -- Peter Conrad * Observer *
An author who opens our eyes, deepens our understanding and makes us keen to look again -- Frances Spalding * Daily Mail *
Hicks tells a truly fascinating story about image and ownership, based on diligent, well-digested research -- Vera Ryan * Irish Times *

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The key to my interest in the van Eyck painting is its mystery and intrigue. To read of its hidden meanings seemed, at first, to spoil my interest and at one point I considered putting the book down but I'm... More

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