As part of their 2010 agreement to fund the restoration of the Ghent Altarpiece, the Getty Foundation’s Panel Painting Initiative stipulated that the entire process be documented and photographed in dizzyingly high resolution and every detail from dendrochronology reports to pictures of a few inches worth of newly cleaned paint be uploaded to a dedicated […]
Some 600 years ago, the Van Eyck brothers created one of the first large-scale oil paintings: “Adoration of the Mystic Lamb.” Due to its pioneering attention to detail and realistic portrayal of people, the “Ghent Altarpiece” is renowned...Show More Summary
(Wiley) Considered the pinnacle of mediaeval painting, the Ghent Altarpiece was painted around 1432 by Jan van Eyck and probably his brother Hubert. It is currently undergoing the most extensive conservation treatment for more than a century. Show More Summary
"In this first phase of restoration on one of the earliest art works to use oil paints on a large scale, new scanning techniques uncovered the singular skills of the Flemish brothers Jan and Hubert Van Eyck, beneath layers of overpainting and varnish."
Restorers painstakingly removed varnish and overpainting from a 15th-century work, after new scanning technology revealed that what lay below was stunning.
art-history-corner: Ghent Altarpiece (Adoration of the Mystic Lamb) - Virgin Mary (1432), Jan Van Eyck
The continuing trials of Guy Wildenstein. Worries over a purported Old Masters forgery ring. And the Ghent altarpiece, refreshed. Plus: Rethinking the Autry Museum, David Bowie’s art collection and Joseph Beuys does New Wave. — Louis Stettner, a photographer renowned for his photos of everyday...
“A study in 2010 determined that the altarpiece needed conservation – to remove varnish and to adjust the colours of older retouches. A €1.3m grant followed and now – with the restoration one-third complete – the discoveries are astonishing, casting light on a touching story of fraternal love and admiration.”
How does it make you feel to know a famous painting has had "a longer and more exciting life than any person can probably have?"
The Ghent Altarpiece is one of the worlds most abused and threatened artworks, even becoming the center of a tug of love between Hitler and Goring.
One of the greatest masterpieces ever painted, the Ghent Altarpiece (also known as the “Adoration of the Mystic Lamb”) was created in the 15th century by Flemish brothers Hubert and Jan Van Eyck. While broad appeal is not the only necessary indicator of merit, it is, in my opinion, one of them. Show More Summary
The Ghent Altarpiece, the 18-panel polyptych masterpiece painted by Hubert and Jan van Eyck for the Saint Bavo Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium, has had a tough life since it was completed in 1432. It’s been taken apart, stolen, split, burned, vandalized, cropped, pawned, hidden and shipped cross-continent. Even its permanent home in Saint Bavo, a [...]
The KIK-IRPA and its partners presented the spectacular discoveries made during the conservation treatment and study of the Ghent Altarpiece by the Van Eyck brothers. Since the previous press conference in June 2013, the conservators...Show More Summary
ARCA Lecturer Judge Arthur Tompkins is scheduled as a guest with National Radio's Kim Hill (New Zealand's version of National Public Radio) in the first of a series about stolen masterpieces. On Saturday in New Zealand at 9.40 a.m., Judge Tompkins will speak about The Ghent Altarpiece. Show More Summary
GHENT (AP).- The main suspect in the legendary art heist is said to have whispered with his dying breath: "Only I know where the 'Adoration' is..." More than seven decades later, the whereabouts of a panel belonging to one of Western art's defining works, the "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb," also known as the "Ghent Altarpiece," remains a mystery. Show More Summary
The oft-stolen Ghent altarpiece is being restored at a cost of $1.3 million, only a piece or two will be removed from display at a time. But if you can't make it to Ghent you can view the whole altarpiece in 100 billion pixels here. The...Show More Summary
There is a completely awesome website called “Closer to Van Eyck: Rediscovering the Ghent Altarpiece.” The ides is simple: make the famous work accessible in insane detail to anyone in the world. Sponsored by the Getty Foundation and the Flemish and East Flanders governments, and carried out by a team of European conservators, the web [...]
If you’ve listened to this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast, you heard technical examination specialist Ron Spronk talk about the amazing new “Closer to van Eyck” website. Spronk is something of a rock star among technical art historians: He worked on the remarkable “Mondrian: The Transatlantic Paintings” exhibition at Harvard and on a major show [...]
Closer to Van Eyck: Rediscovering the Ghent Altarpiece is an online presentation of the results of a research project that examined the artist’s extraordinary masterwork in extreme detail, both to assess and record its condition for conservation. The site opens up with a full image of the panels of the altarpiece; from there you can [...]