jan van eyck. untitled (arnolfini wedding portrait). oil on oak panel. 1434.
one | what do you see?
two | what else do you see?
three | how does it make you feel?
four | why does it make you feel that way?
five | what do you think the story is if there is one?
six | what do you think happened right before this "moment" occurred?
seven | what do you think the artist was feeling?
eight | if you don't recognize any real life shapes, then what do you see?
nine | do you like this?
ten | why do you like it or not like it?
and voila! you have just deconstructed a masterful work of art. and the secret is...there are no wrong answers!
* my husband, who calls himself a neanderthal when it comes to art, has put his stamp of approval on this method of mine.