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Episode 19 - A Missing Piece
The Ghent Altarpiece, Part 2

Proposed original display

from Griet Steyaert, "The Ghent Altarpiece: new thoughts on its original display," The Burlington Magazine, Vol. 157, No. 1343, Northern European art (February 2015), pp. 74-84

Photographic reproduction of the Ghent Altarpiece in the Vijd Chapel, 2014

From Kemperdick and Röẞler, 2015

Archival photograph (Friedländer Archive, RKD, The Hague) of the Annunciation panels with original hardware, now lost

Reproduced in Anne van Grevenstein and Ron Spronk, Lasting Support, An interdisciplinary research project to assess the structural condition of the Ghent Altarpiece, Final project report, October 9, 2011 

Original hinge, photograph taken in Berlin c 1878/1891

From Kemperdick and Röẞler, 2015

Quatrain after most recent treatment, from closer to van eyck website

Cradle from book, check which

Display in Lehman Collection, Met of Memling panels that were also sawn in half

Coxcie copy displayed together at Michiel Coxcie, The Flemish Raphael, at M-Museum Leuven, 2013, (c) Dirk Pauwels

The Ghent Altarpiece as installed in the Vijd chapel between 1865and 1920. It comprises Eyckian central panels, Lagye's fur-clothed Adam and Eve and Coxcie's copies of the other shutters. Photograph, c.1910-13. (© Stadsarchief, Ghent)

Reproduced in Hélène Dubois, “The conservation history of The Ghent Altarpiece,” The Burlington Magazine, Vol. 160, No. 1386, (September 2018), pp. 754-765

Original (missing) Judges - x-radiograph

Recommended Reading

In addition to the readings of Episode 18

Alan Burroughs, Art Criticism from a Laboratory,1938

Anne van Grevenstein and Ron Spronk, Lasting Support, An interdisciplinary research project to assess the structural condition of the Ghent Altarpiece, Final project report, October 9, 2011 

https://data.closertovaneyck.be/legacy/data/Final%20project%20report.pdf

Matthew Hayes, The Renaissance Restored, 2021

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