Jan Van Eyck was here in the sense that he is the storyteller. He is the manipulator of reality. It’s only by Van Eyck’s art that we’re there. And he wants us to remember that.
But what story is Van Eyck telling? If the man took a step sideways his hat would be knocked off by the chandelier. And if the woman wanted to look at her reflection she would have to bend down to a mirror which is far too low.
But if the painting isn’t meant to be a direct reproduction of reality, then what is it?
Who are these people? Why did the artist paint them in such a unique way? And how did the lives of all three overlap in the world of Renaissance Europe?