Mystic Lamb clean-up
The magnificent 15th-century altarpiece “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” by Jan and Hubert Van Eyck in Ghent is to undergo five years of restoration, but the public will be able to keep up with the progress.
The altarpiece, composed of 24 panels rich in detail and one of the most elaborate paintings in existence, is on view in Sint-Baaf’s Cathedral in Ghent (detail pictured). Or most of it is: one panel, depicting the Righteous Judges, was stolen in 1934 and has never been recovered. It was replaced by a copy made in 1945. At that time, a layer of varnish was also applied to the work, which has now turned hard and become discoloured. That is what the restorers will take five years to remove.
The Flemish government has agreed to fund the project for €1.25 million, and the work will still be open to public, promised Sint-Baaf’s canon Ludo Collin. In about two weeks, tenders for the work will close, and then it will be decided how and where the work is to be carried out.