ghent - The restoration of the altarpiece Lam Gods by the brothers Hubert and Jan van Eyck has yielded some surprises. After the removal of overpaintings from the sixteenth century, the muzzle of the lamb on the central panel appears more pronounced. Moreover, the animal seems to look more penetrating.
Almost half of the work was painted over. The sky, buildings and hills on the canvas have also been restored to their original state, as are the folds in the robes. In addition, subtle color shades and new details came to the fore.
'The result is a real surprise,' says restorer Nathalie Laquière to the VRT about Flanders' most important artwork, dating back to the first half of the fifteenth century.
The Flemish government puts more than 1.5 million euros in the restoration in the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent. The project will be shut down for a while in the Van Eyck 2020 year. Ultimately, the work must return to the Saint Bavo Cathedral in Ghent.
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