Ghent Altarpiece

Jan van Eyck, Hubert van Eyck, 1432
St Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent

The Ghent Altarpiece was commissioned by the Ghent patrician Jodocus Vijdt from Hubert van Eyck and finished by the latter’s younger brother Jan in 1432. The polyptych is still displayed in St Bavo’s Cathedral (formerly St John’s). It has been moved from its original location to a newly-designed showcase in the Gothic choir. As a cornerstone in the history of painting and one of the first panel paintings that underpin our understanding of realism, the altarpiece therefore occupies a prominent place in the CODART Canon. Its peerless painting technique has astounded generation after generation of painters and continues to be admired to this day. I was privileged to be part of an advisory council that initiated and supervised the conservation treatment of the Ghent Altarpiece that has revealed much of the original surface as painted by the Van Eyck brothers.

Till-Holger Borchert, Director, Musea Brugge, Bruges

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