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Ghent altarpiece: Masterpiece goes online — Thought to be one of the most famous panel paintings in the world, the Ghent Altarpiece, completed in , can now be viewed on a specially-designed, open source website. Hide Caption. Ghent altarpiece: Masterpiece goes online — Stolen several times from St. Bavo Cathedral in Ghent where it is housed, the altarpiece features many intriguing details, including a 'Mystic Lamb' bleeding into a chalice.
Ghent altarpiece: Masterpiece goes online — Consisting of 12 panels and depicting numerous complex theological scenes, the documentation project has rendered the work into billion pixels using the highest resolution photography.
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Ghent altarpiece: Masterpiece goes online — Here the Virgin Enthroned is seen in digital infrared reflectograms, which look past the painted surface of the picture and reveal the under-drawings beneath. Ghent altarpiece: Masterpiece goes online — The same panel of the Virgin Enthroned seen with digital infrared macrophotographs.
One major question scholars are hoping to answer is how involved Hubert van Eyck, older brother of Jan van Eyck, was in the painting of the work. These images allow the viewer to see the skeleton of the picture, revealing the evolving nature of the composition over time. Ghent altarpiece: Masterpiece goes online — A detail from the Angel Musicians, in digital macrophotographs on the left and in digital infrared reflectograms on the right. Ghent altarpiece: Masterpiece goes online — A detail from the famed Adoration of the Lamb.
Viewed with digital macrophotographs on the left and an assembly of digital infrared reflectograms on the right.
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