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Monday Muse: Van Eyck Inspired Decor

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Monday Muse is a new feature where once a week I select artwork and use it to create inspiration boards for fashion, decor, or recipes.

In this inaugural post I decided to select one of my favourite paintings, The Arnolfini Portrait (1434) by Flemish painter Jan van Eyck. What this painting is most famous for is the artist’s genius rendering of mirror in the background. If you look closely you will notice that Van Eyck in fact painted the mirror image of the couple in the foreground, and in a fish eye reflection no less. That the painter was able to paint the backs of the subject in such amazing detail and with such accuracy of how a fish eye reflection would look is absolutely incredible. In addition to this magnificent feat, I have always admired the rich jewel tones used in bot the clothing and furnishings.Therefore, I thought that this painting would be a great inspiration to model a living room or sitting area after.

The orange velour couch from Anthropologie is a wonderful statement piece and works so well with jewel toned pillows similar in colour to the subject’s dress. Of course, like the painting, a bold mirror holds court as a focus piece. A weathered wood table complete this richly toned shabby chic room.

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This entry was posted on September 16, 2013 by in Decor, Monday Muse and tagged , , , .
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