Revue de presse
"Exploring the double-portrait image in often revelatory detail, Hicks presents a truly inspiring picture of her own." (Erica Wagner The Times, Books of the Year)
"The book has sent me back to the painting... with wider and more inquisitive eyes." (Peter Conrad Observer)
"This beautifully written book is a splendid testament to the intelligence, attention to detail, depth of research, and down to earth vision of a first rate scholar." (Theodore K Rabb Times Literary Supplement)
"A brilliantly idiosyncratic investigation which alternates chapters internal to the picture (the fashions, the furniture, the oranges, the mirror) with chapters on its production and historical meanderings." (The Tablet)
Présentation de l'éditeur
Is the painting 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.
She also tells the fascinating story of the painting's survival through fire and battle, and of its owners. Uniquely, for a masterpiece of its age, its provenance can be tracked through every single owner - from the mysterious Mr Arnolfini via various monarchs to being an early star of the National Gallery in 1842- and these owners have a cameo appearance too, in this enthralling story of how an artwork of genius can speak afresh to each new generation.