Call for Graduate Papers

Call for Papers:

Postgraduate Panel: Arnolfini Things

This panel constitutes part of the conference, Arnolfini Histories: Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait and its Receptions, organized in conjunction with the exhibition Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites, organised by the National Gallery in collaboration with Tate (Sunley Room, 2 October 2017 – 2 April 2018). The conference will be held at the National Gallery, 12-13 January 2018.

Convenors: Professor Liz Prettejohn and Dr Claire Yearwood (University of York)

Deadline: 30 September 2017

We invite proposals from postgraduate students for papers in the panel Arnolfini Things, which will explore the materiality of things in Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait. While much scholarship has been devoted to iconographic interpretation of the work, the identity of the figures, and the implications of the subject-matter, the things in the depicted room, rendered with such precision, have received less attention in their own right – apart from the famous mirror. This panel is designed to articulate the roles of the other things in the painting. We welcome proposals for ten-minute papers on any object depicted in the painting except the mirror (although presenters may wish to explore the relationships between their chosen object and the mirror). We hope to include a wide range of approaches, including papers that consider the reinterpretation, or re-presentation, of these things by Pre-Raphaelite and other artists from 1842 (the date of the painting’s entry into the National Gallery collection) onwards.

Please submit 300 word abstracts and a short c.v. to Dr Claire Yearwood (

Further information:

Exhibition website:

Image:  Portrait of Giovanni(?) Arnolfini and his Wife(1434) by Jan van Eyck,  National Gallery, London, NG 186, bought 1842; photo National Gallery London, reproduced under Creative Commons licence  BY-NC-ND 4.0