Wonders of the Ghent Altarpiece's inside panels
The Lamb stands erect on the altar - alive but bleeding from a wound. It's blood spurts out into a chalice.
The allusion is clear - Christ's death and resurrection - his sacrifice for humanity - are commemorated on the altar during every Mass.
The scene as a whole refers to the Last supper when Jesus described the wine as his blood, which he was to shed for all humanity to earn the forgiveness of its sins.
After 4 years of renovation of the Altarpiece's exterior wings, the interior panels have just been brought to the restoration studio at the Ghent Museum of Fine Arts (MSK).
There, the public can follow the treatment from up close. An ambitious adventure, as restorers have already detected numerous overpainted zones on these panels.
For more information on the Altarpiece's renovation, as well as Infrared and X-radiographic imagery, visit the dedicated website by KIK-IRPA.
Exhibit curated by Lukas - Art in Flanders.