Analysis: van Eyck’s “Arnolfini Marriage”

Despite the renown of his intensely realistic paintings, both Jan van Eyck and his works remain shrouded in myth and mystery. Even the date and location of van Eyck’s birth are unknown. In fact, even the title of the painting we have chosen for analysis: “The Arnolfini Marriage”—alternatively, “The Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and His Wife Giovanna Cenami”—is speculative although, at a glance, it appears to be a straightforward double-portrait of a couple who apparently commissioned it. 

We have concluded that this 15th century painting (possibly 1434) by the Early Northern Renaissance leader, van Eyck, is anything but the straightforward portrait of a man and his wife. The fact is that the figures and setting have never been identified conclusively. This is because the people are imaginary—the entire painting is symbolic, not realistic. If proof to the contrary should emerge at some point, then the reality of that would be an enormous synchronicity, and the painting will be all the more amazing. 

What is the basis of our breakthrough?

There is an alchemical story whose origin is cloaked in antiquity although there is an absurd belief held by some that it was written in 1604-05 by a teenaged clergyman, and that it was later edited and then published in 1616. The story as published in 1616 was titled The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz. The events set forth in the story are said to have occurred, coincidentally, in the approximate period ascribed to the “Arnolfini Marriage.” The story was first published in the German language about 1459. 

We contend that the painting was one of several methods by which that story, bearing the “third manifesto” of the fraternal Rosicrucian Order, had been handed-down generation-by-generation and preserved in various forms over many earlier centuries—perhaps, millennia. Note that Gutenberg’s printing press was not put into operation until about twenty years after the painting was made. The true authorship of The Chemical Wedding remains unknown, but its origin clearly traces at least as far back as ancient Egypt and veneration of the Ennead. 

To our knowledge we are the first—at least first outside a secret society—to have made and reported on this connection, thanks to our perception-enhancing Noetitek™ meta-tools and associated mystery-solving techniques. Note, for example, that The Chemical Wedding takes place during the period known to Jews and Kabbalists as “Passover,” which correlates with the pagan-Christian Easter, and that the frame of the mirror on the far wall in van Eyck’s painting depicts events surrounding the Crucifixion of Jesus. 

To share the full and detailed analysis of this painting will require a book-length exposition that also sets forth our analysis of The Chemical Wedding.


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2 Responses to “Analysis: van Eyck’s “Arnolfini Marriage””

  1. Stark Raven Says:

    Some Catholics believe that this painting was inspired by the Devil and that the man depicted is Russian president, Vladimir Putin, an image of evil given to the artist by way of demonic powers that allowed him to see through time to the 21st century. How do you respond to that?

  2. PluribusOne™ Says:


    First, the resemblance is vague. See Image File #60, accessible from the homepage. This is not Vladimir Putin.

    Second, there is no apparent rational basis for such an assertion. In other words, even if it were an image of Putin seen through time, what was the artist’s message to people of the future?

    Third, according to the Holy Bible, which presumably means something to the alleging parties, only God/the Creator knows the future (see Isaiah 44:6-7).

    There is also a warning in the Bible for those who label good things as evil.

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