BRAFA ART TALKS 2015 The restoration of the Mystic Lamb Part II : The conservation and the restoration treatment by Livia Dupuydt Elbaum
A large amount of research is being carried out to complement the conservation and restoration of the Van Eyck brothers’ Mystic Lamb, and this is therefore a wonderful moment to get to know this exceptional work of art. Treating the back of the work has enabled us to discover far more about the technical execution of the painting; not only details about the support but also information about the way the picture was created. Our approach is necessarily progressive, involving in-depth analysis, and cleaning the back of the wings and their frames, studying the pictorial layers, and using new techniques of examination and analysis, has enabled us to pinpoint large zones which have been entirely repainted in the past. The study and separation of the original pictorial layers gives us a far deeper understanding and more coherent vision of the work as a whole, helping us reveal the full splendour of the Van Eyck brothers’ work.
Livia DEPUYDT-ELBAUM is the head restorer of the Mystic Lamb at the Royal Institute of Art Heritage.
Useful links :
Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage : www.kikirpa.be
Rediscovering Ghent altarpiece online : closertovaneyck website
Saint Bavo : www.sintbaafskathedraal.be
To see the restoration live : Ghent Museum of Fine Arts
And Ghent in general : www.visitgent.be
Date : January 29, 2015
Location : Brussels