The Getty Center
Date: Thursday, October 4, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall
Past Event

The Ghent Altarpiece Closed, Overview of the closed altarpiece / van Eyck
With support from a 2010 grant from the Getty Foundation, Jan van Eyck's well-known Ghent Altarpiece received urgent conservation treatment and technical documentation. The previous restoration of the work (which is also known as the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb) took place in 1950–51, and it required additional careful care and treatment to preserve it for future generations.

The 20 individual panels that make up the Mystic Lamb were documented with state-of-the-art equipment using extremely high resolution. The result is a dedicated website ( that allows viewers unparalleled access to Van Eyck's world in breathtaking detail. In addition, X-ray and infrared images on the website enable viewers to virtually peek under the surface and follow Van Eyck's hand from earlier underdrawing to the final painted version we see today. In his lecture, Ron Spronk, who directed documentation of the altarpiece and the creation of the website, introduces the Ghent Altarpiece and its state of conservation. He also describes the documentation campaign and demonstrates the use of the website as an educational and research tool.

Ron Spronk is a professor of art history at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and Hieronymous Bosch Chair at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

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