Sunday, February 26, 2012

Ghent Altarpiece Gets Own Interactive Web Site

Hubert and Jan van Eyck's "Mystic Lamb" also known as the Ghent Altarpiece (1432), now has its own website. The 15th. century piece is considered to be one of the world's art masterpieces. It consists of 24 framed panels that can be changed by moving the hinged outer wings.

The stunning altarpiece presents the story of Christianity focusing on the redemption. The interior focuses on the redemption with the upper side panels show the original sin of Adam and Eve. The lower panel shows the apostles and martyrs who gather around the Sacred Lamb which is a symbol of Christ the Redeemer. 

As part of conservation efforts since last year, the work has been meticulously photographed centimeter by centimeter. It is photographed in such high resolution that the viewer can observe tiny trees and other details not able to by seen with just the eyes.

The project was funded by the Getty Foundation and the J. Paul Getty Museum. The grant was initiated to train a new generation of experts in art conservation. There are only a few experts in the world who are experienced enough to take on such a project such as the altarpiece. 

You can read more at, To Save a Masterpiece: The Ghent Altarpiece, about Queen’s University art historian Dr. Ron Spronk who is the co-leader of the international team to save this great work of art.

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