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’Surprises’ in the restoration of the mystic Lamb

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GHENT – The restoration of the altarpiece of the mystic Lamb by the brothers Hubert and Jan van Eyck has a few surprises delivered. After the removal of overpaintings from the sixteenth century appears to be the muzzle of the lamb in the central panel, more pronounced. In addition, the animal became more intrusive to look at.

Almost half of the work was painted over. Also the air, buildings and hills on the cloth are again in original state, as well as the folds in the robes. It came to subtle shades of colours and new details to the front.

“The result is really a surprise,” says restaurateur Nathalie Laquière at the VRT about the most important work of art of Flanders, which dates from the first half of the fifteenth century.

The Flemish government puts out over 1.5 million euro in the restoration in the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent. The project is in the Van Eyck year 2020 just stopped. Finally, the work to get back in the Sint-baafs Cathedral in Ghent.

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