Early Netherlandish Painting, Its Origins and Character, is a 1953 book on art history by Erwin Panofsky, derived from the 1947–48 Charles Eliot Norton Lectures. The book had a wide impact on studies of Renaissance art and Early Netherlandish painting in particular, but also studies in iconography, art history, and intellectual history in general. The book is particularly well-known for its iconographic treatment of Van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait as a kind of marriage contract, a hypothesis advanced by Panofsky as early as 1934. The book remains influential despite its reliance on black-and-white reproductions of paintings, which led to some errors of analysis.
|Cover artist||Volume one: Madonna of Chancellor Rolin, c. 1435 by Jan van Eyck|
Volume two: The Virgin of the Annunciation, from the Portinari Triptych, c. 1479 by Hugo van der Goes
|Publisher||Harvard University Press|
|Media type||Print (hardback (1953) and paperback (1971))|
|Pages||358 pages of text, 150 pages of notes, 496 illustrations|