Signature spaces and signature objects in early Netherlandish paintings of domestic interiors
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The significance and meaning of the works of art and domestic objects depicted in fifteenth and early sixteenth century Netherlandish paintings with home settings are analyzed in light of painters’ motivations to construct a visual identity through their compositions. My argument suggests that artists’ depictions of domestic interiors were carefully composed and constructed to document the provenance of the image in the workshop of a specific master. This documentation served not only to identify a particular artist but also often communicated his artistic heritage and location in a particular city. I argue that this documentation was created through the manipulation of decorative schemes and traditional modes of symbolism.