While working on a large format fluted tile design for Z Collection, I wanted to illustrate the use of the tile in a room inspired by the Northern Renaissance Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck painted in 1434. As in the original, the inspiration comes from the intersection of Italian and Dutch culture.
PAINTING BY JAN VAN EYCK
The oil painting on oak panel that hangs in The NationalGallery illustrates two full-length portraits, representing Italian merchant Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfini and his wife, at home in Bruges.
LADY'S SHOES DETAIL
Given the wealth illustrated in the original painting and the Italian Origins of the merchant, for the new illustration, I chose a Prada open-back mule.