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The Ghent Altarpiece (1432) by Jan and Hubert van Eyck is one of the most iconic works of Western art as it embodies the birth of new skills and vision. The artwork in itself is often claimed to be the most stolen painting in history and in spite of its many voyages it is a miracle that until this day only one panel is missing.
Still housed in Saint Bavo Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium, the site for which it was created, The Ghent Altarpiece or Mystic Lamb has undergone conservation and restoration treatment by the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Brussels) since 2012. No one expected this restoration to turn into a revelation: the real Van Eyck had been hidden beneath overpaint for centuries! In his lecture Bart Devolder will share remarkable discoveries from the first phase of treatment and recent findings from the ongoing second phase.
Bart J.C. Devolder received his M.A. in painting conservation in 2002 at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, Belgium. He held internships at the Akademia Sztuk Pieknych Krakow, Poland, the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), Brussels and at the Musée du Louvre, Paris. He received a fellowship from the Straus Center for Conservation at the Harvard University Art Museums (2003-2004) and he was the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Painting Conservation at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (2004-2007).
Before joining the KIK-IRPA team as On-site Coordinator/ Painting Conservator for the restoration of the Ghent Altarpiece by the brothers van Eyck, he has worked for the Kimbell Art Museum & Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, TX first as Assistant Conservator of Paintings (2007-2010) and later as Associate Conservator of paintings (2010-2012).
Less formal that a lecture presentation, Conversations are designed to be programs where staff and guests can share research projects or topics of special interest. All Conversations take place in the Chao Lecture Hall - please remember to allow extra time to walk or take a tram to the Center for Asian Art.
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Funded by the Lester E. Bessemer and Mary Tilley Bessemer Endowment.
Image: KIK-IRPA, Brussels’‘© KIK-IRPA, Brussels