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Lantern Slide - 'The Arnolfini Portrait', National Gallery, London, 1909-1930 Image Reg. No: MM 111665

One of a set of ninety magic lantern slides containing images of artefacts, art works, decorative arts, interiors and furniture which appear to belong to various museum and gallery collections in the United Kingdom.

This slide depicts the oil painting by Jan van Eyck titled 'The Arnolfini Portrait', also known as the 'The Arnolfini Wedding', 'The Arnolfini Marriage', and the 'The Arnolfini Double Portrait'. Painted in 1434, it depicts the Italian merchant Giovanni Arnolfini and his wife. It was purchased by the National Gallery, London, in 1842.

The Francis Collection of pre-cinematic apparatus and ephemera was acquired by the Australian and Victorian Governments in 1975. David Francis was the curator of the National Film and Sound Archive of the British Film Institute as well as being a co-founder of the Museum of the Moving Image in London, which was operational between 1988 and 1999.
Standard format (3¼ x 3¼ inch square) lantern slide, comprising black & white photograph printed on glass with black paper edging under a protective glass cover plate.
Description Of Content:
Portrait in oil of Italian merchant Giovanni Arnolfini and his pregnant wife in a bedroom.
Acquisition Information:
Loan & Subsequent Donation from Australian Film Institute (AFI)
Source: Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 82 mm (Height), 82 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: museum history, portraits, paintings, lantern slides, museums, art galleries, merchants, optical amusements
Themes this item is part of: Francis Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS
Secondary Classification: Museums & Galleries
Tertiary Classification: heritage displays
Inscriptions: Hand written in blue ink on a cream label attached to slide: '1039'

Hand written in white ink on slide: 'NATIONAL GALLERY. LONDON. W.C.2. / 186. JAN ARNOLFINI AND HIS WIFE. EYCK'

Hand written in white ink on top edge: 'EYCK. JAN ARNOLFINI AND HIS WIFE 186.'
Format: Lantern Slide: Black & White; Standard (3¼ in. x 3¼ in.)
Place & Date Created: England, Great Britain, 1909-1930
Owner of Item Depicted: National Gallery, Covent Garden, England, Great Britain
Artist: Jan van Eyck, Netherlands, 1434

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