The Van Eyck brothers painted this unique altarpiece in 1432. It is the highlight of the Flemish Primitives and a milestone in art history. The Polyptych survived the Protestant Iconoclasm, fell into French hands under Napoleon and was requisitioned by Nazi Germany during the Second World War. But it has now been hanging peacefully for more than 50 years in the place where it belongs: St. Bavo’s Cathedral. Though admittedly, the ‘Just Judges’ panel, which was stolen in 1934, is still replaced by a reproduction.
The restoration of the Mystic Lamb starts in September 2012.
Click here for more information about the restoration of the Mystic Lamb.
On http://closertovaneyck.kikirpa.be/ you can admire the work of art at close range and zoom in on all the details.