The Easel

4th August 2020

We can see the true face of Van Eyck Lamb of God after latest restoration

Some may think this piece too technical. For others, it provides a great example of how science aids art history. Van Eyck’s famous Ghent Altarpiece became unexpectedly controversial last year when, at the center of the work, restoration uncovered a human-looking lamb. In fact, three versions of the lamb were found, using advanced X-ray analysis together with “deep neural-network algorithms”. Now art historians are pondering – what was Van Eyck thinking?