Richly illustrated book with many details that sometimes can't be observed with the naked eye and came to light during the current restoration campaign thanks to state-of-the-art techniques.
The Ghent Altarpiece by the Van Eyck brothers (1432) is recognised across the globe as an exceptional work of art and one of the most influential paintings ever made. The world’s first large oil painting abounds with religious and mystical symbols. The painting is almost an ABC of Christianity – from the Annunciation to the symbolic sacrifice of Christ, with the Mystic Lamb depicted on an altar in a heavenly landscape, whose blood gushes into the Holy Grail.
Brothers Hubert and Jan Van Eyck created their monumental polyptych with the help of several assistants and advisers. This book was written in the same manner: for the first time, it provides an overview of diverse insights into the Ghent Altarpiece and contributions by experts from various disciplines. After all, the wealth and profundity of this masterpiece can only be fully understood by combining the perspectives of art historians, historians, philosophers, religious scholars, mathematicians and specialists in optics.
Richly illustrated with numerous details which came to light thanks to the state-of-the-art techniques used in the restoration process and which are sometimes invisible to the naked eye.