The after excerpt is from Gardner’s Art Through the Ages (pp. 576-578). It offers that you textbook that is standard for the artwork:
The intersection associated with religious and secular in Flemish painting additionally surfaces in Jan van Eyck’s dual portrait Giovanni Arnolfini and His Bride. Van Eyck depicts the Lucca financier (that has founded himself in Bruges as a representative for the Medici family members) and his betrothed in A flemish bedchamber that is simultaneously mundane and faced with the religious. Like in the Merode Altarpiece, nearly every item portrayed conveys the big event’s sanctity, particularly, the holiness of matrimony. Arnolfini and their bride, Giovanna Cenami, in conjunction, make the wedding vows. The cast-aside clogs suggest this occasion is using put on holy ground. The dog that is little fidelity ( the typical canine title Fido originated through the Latin fido, “to trust”). Behind the set, the curtains regarding the wedding sleep have already been exposed. The bedpost’s finial (crowning decoration) is just a statue that is tiny of Margaret, patron saint of childbirth.