The Ghent Altarpiece, or ‘The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ by the Van Eyck brothers, completed in 1432, is recognised worldwide as a great work of art, and one of the most influential paintings ever made. You can see proof of this in this, CityCard Gent: a must-have for your visit to Ghent. 8 reasons to visit Van Eyck’s masterpiece, The Ghent Altarpiece is coming home in its full glory, Enjoy a personal guided tour or join a group, Qualitative private guided tours in Ghent, Interactive guided tours with a city expert in Dutch, English or Russian, Pioneer of Flemish painting and revolutionary, Discover everything about the Van Eyck year here, Powerful Ghent church and home of the Mystic Lamb, Enjoy delicious cuisine in a former warehouse, Ghent is honouring its greatest Flemish Master, Can’t wait to get to Ghent to see the divine glow for yourself? Simply view the Ghent Altarpiece masterpiece in detail online. Frames and quatrain. These have been documented in the same way as the Ghent Altarpiece, through the VERONA project (Van Eyck in OpeN Access), a pioneer project of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Brussels), in collaboration with Musea Brugge and Closer to Van Eyck. Despite this harrowing past, today scholars and art lovers around the world are only a click away from freely exploring over 100 billion pixels of the altarpiece online, thanks to a series of grants provided by the Getty Foundation as part of the Panel Paintings Initiative. On the morning of 11 April 1934, Ghent woke up to news of a disaster. Macrophotography. Simply view the Mystic Lamb masterpiece in detail online. The monumental Ghent Altarpiece was painted on oak panels covered in thin layers of a mixture of chalk and animal glue. The Mystic Lamb was welcomed home like a king by the ecstatic people of Ghent, who lined the streets in a respectful guard of honour. Ghent Altarpiece Website Enhanced with New Images of Restored Sections Friday, 21 August 2020 Since 2012, the website Closer to Van Eyck has made it possible for millions around the globe to zoom in on the intricate, breathtaking details of the Ghent Altarpiece, one of the most celebrated works of art in … It has been undergoing thorough restoration and conservation work from 2012 until 2019. Can’t wait to get to Ghent to see the divine glow for yourself? Jan and Hubert van Eyck’s famous Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, better known as the Ghent Altarpiece of 1432, ranks among the most significant works of art in Europe. Additional funds allowed an international advisory committee led by art historians and conservation scientists specialized in early Dutch and Flemish paintings to oversee the condition assessment. Tickets up to 15 minutes before closing time. It is the largest surviving fifteenth-century altarpiece in Northern Europe with a highly complex iconography and composition. Image courtesy, Application for the Getty Center and Getty Villa, Connecting Professionals/Sharing Expertise, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture, Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, March 2012: Website lets world admire Ghent Altarpiece in 100 billion pixels, February 2012: The Ghent Altarpiece in 100 billion pixels, May 5 2010: Getty Foundation Awards $630,000 for Conservation of the Ghent Altarpiece and Vasari's The Last Supper. Discover it for yourself as you stand in front of this masterpiece. The film, ‘The Monuments Men’, begins in St Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent. Extras. Wearing a face mask is mandatory (+12 years). It’s not a Biblical apple at all, but a citrus fruit that is now very rare. A total of 18 panels form a magical evocation of scenes from the Bible, as well as a portrait of the church warden, Joos Vijd, who commissioned the altarpiece, and his wife Elisabeth Borluut. Or spot the towers of Ghent in the background of the main panel. The Ghent Altarpiece. Angel playing an organ (detail), Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, Jan van Eyck, Ghent Altarpiece, completed 1432, oil on wood, 11 feet 5 inches x 15 feet 1 inch (open), Saint Bavo Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium (photo: Closer to Van Eyck)In the film The Monuments Men, George Clooney solemnly pronounces the Ghent Altarpiece to be the most important work of art in the Western tradition. Restoration. Infrared reflectography. After the Second World War, the Ghent Altarpiece returned to the Vijd chapel in Saint Bavo's Cathedral and in 1986 the polyptych moved to the Villa Chapel. The restoration of The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by the Van Eyck brothers (more commonly known as the Ghent Altarpiece) started at the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent (MSK) in October 2012. This daring theft has grown to become one of the most fascinating art robberies of the 20th century. Zoom in on anything you like! Here’s a fascinating fact: Ghent Altarpiece was rescued in 1945 by the famous ‘Monuments Men’. Admittedly there is still a reproduction in the place of the stolen panel, ‘The Just Judges’. May 4, 2010: Ghent Altarpiece to Undergo Restoration, Watch a video about the Ghent Altarpiece assessment and website, Overview of the Panel Paintings Initiative. The tumultuous history of the Ghent Altarpiece has been one of wars, fire and theft. During its turbulent history, the Ghent Altarpiece has survived transportation, changes in temperature and humidity, horrifying attacks with a saw and fire damage. The restoration is executed by the Royal Institute for Art Patrimony (KIK) in the very heart of the museum. During your weekend getaway to Ghent, enjoy a guided walking tour around the city of Ghent. Credits and copyright. Hubert van Eyck painted part of the Ghent Altarpiece that includes the Mystic Lamb, but was never able to finish it. The Mystic Lamb was welcomed home like a king by the ecstatic people of Ghent, who lined the streets in a respectful guard of honour. The investigation resulted in a complete plan for full conservation treatment of the altarpiece, which was led by Belgium's Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK/IRPA) and completed in 2017. Dismantled, stolen, and damaged many times over, it was reassembled, cleaned, and restored after World War II. In 2012, extensive restoration treatment was required that will last until the end of 2024.