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Ghent Altarpiece: Lamb's 'alarmingly humanoid' face surprises art world

mirror24news on Jan 22 2020 The restoration of a prized 15th Century painting has revealed the "human-like face of a lamb", surprising art critics and spurring debate. The Ghent Altarpiece, …More
mirror24news on Jan 22 2020 The restoration of a prized 15th Century painting has revealed the "human-like face of a lamb", surprising art critics and spurring debate. The Ghent Altarpiece, completed by Hubert and Jan Van Eyck in 1432, has captivated the art world for centuries. Housed at St Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium, it is seen as the first major oil painting to gain global fame. Since 2012, a 2.2m euro (£1.8m; $2.4m) project to restore the artwork has been taking place at a museum in Belgium. In the second phase of the project, which ended last month, restorers made some unexpected discoveries. Restorers found that the central panel of the artwork, known as the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, had been painted over in the 16th Century. Another artist had altered the Lamb of God, a symbol for Jesus depicted at the centre of the panel. Now conservationists have stripped away the overpaint, revealing the lamb's "intense gaze" and "large frontal eyes". Hélène Dubois, the head of …More