Reflections: Short films
Discover how van Eyck’s 'Arnolfini Portrait' was one of the beacons by which the Pre-Raphaelites forged a radical new style of painting.
Van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait
This close look at van Eyck’s jewel-like masterpiece of 1434 considers the intrigue and wonder it sparked when it first went on show at the National Gallery in 1843.
Under van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait
Discover the astounding masterpiece hidden beneath van Eyck’s famous ‘Arnolfini Portrait’. Using infrared reflectography, Rachel Billinge explains aspects of the artist’s meticulous underdrawing for the work and some of the fascinating secrets it rev...
Mirrors in Pre-Raphaelite paintings
The convex mirror at the heart of van Eyck’s ‘Arnolfini Portrait’ intrigued the Pre-Raphaelites; this film explores its link with the recent invention of daguerreotypes, and Victorian trends in interior design.
The Lady of Shalott
What attracted the Pre-Raphaelites to Alfred Tennyson’s poem ‘The Lady of Shalott’? And how did the convex mirror from van Eyck’s ‘Arnolfini Portrait’ come to play an essential role in their depictions of the mysterious weaver and her deadly curse?
Susan Foister, Deputy Director of the National Gallery, and Alison Smith, Lead Curator of 19th Century British Art at Tate Britain, introduce 'Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites'.