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Jan van Eyck’s ‘Arnolfini Portrait’ Gets a Controversial New Frame

Jan van Eyck’s ‘Arnolfini Portrait’ Gets a Controversial New Frame

The Arnolfini Portrait, a main attraction at London’s National Gallery, has received a new frame intended to reshape how viewers see the famed Jan van Eyck painting. It is normal for beloved artworks to get new frames every once in a while, and when they do, those frames tend not to receive much discourse. But when Peter Schade, head of the National Gallery’s framing department, posted news of the van Eyck painting’s makeover, users on the social media platform X were divided on its merits. Schade noted on X that a 19th-century gothic frame that once accompanied The Arnolfini Portrait had now been replaced by a newly acquired 15th-century frame with gilded molding. “The figures appear larger and the details crisper without the competition of the incongruous carving,” Schade wrote. Related Articles It was quite a shift for a painting widely regarded as one of the best ever to emerge from Europe. The painting, made in 1434, is a double portrait of a merchant and his wife, and it has been prized for its high …

Arnolfini Center Apologizes for Canceling Palestinian Film Events

Arnolfini Center Apologizes for Canceling Palestinian Film Events

Arnolfini, an arts center in Bristol, England, apologized on Friday for a decision to cancel two events planned as part of the Palestine Film Festival, a move that many artists and activists claimed was a form of censorship. Those events were a screening of Farha (2021), a film set during the Nakba, and a discussion between Palestinian writer and doctor Ghada Karmi and rapper and activist Lowkey. When it called off this programming in November, Arnolfini said that hosting the events might be “construed as political activity,” and that the center could not afford that possibility as an arts charity that is supposed to remain politically neutral. Related Articles “We are sincerely sorry we cancelled the events,” Arnolfini said in a lengthy statement issued today. “It was a decision based on the information and understanding we had at the time, but now believe it was wrong.” And, in a move few other art institutions anywhere have taken, Arnolfini explicitly acknowledged the violence taking place in Gaza, where more than 34,000 people have been killed since …