Books & Art

‘Lamb of God’ Painting Restoration Reveals Original Work That Looks Like ‘Creepy Goat’

The Ghent Altarpiece restoration caused people to lose their minds.
IMAGE PUBLIC DOMAIN
Comments

A controversial restoration of the world-famous Ghent Altarpiece, otherwise known as the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, sent the faithful feeling aghast at what seems to be cultural and religious sacrilege: The Lamb of God now looks like a goat with human-like eyes.

The altarpiece was created in the 1420s and installed at the St. Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium. It is attributed to 15th-century masters Hubert and Jan van Eyck. It is a significant piece of world heritage, as it is largely considered as the first major artwork created using oil paint as medium.

The multimillion-dollar restoration project revealed original artwork that was painted over in 1550 by a different artist who wanted to make the sheep look more, well, sheep-like. The original Lamb of God in the painting sports more vivid eyes, a more defined pouting lips, and a pinker, brighter nose.

‘This is not a joke.’

Father A.J. Schrenk, a priest from the diocese of Pittsburgh expressed his surprise in a tweet. “Uh, so apparently they restored the Ghent Altarpiece and…” he said, before posting pre- and post-restoration photos of the artwork.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

When some people expressed doubt about the authenticity of the restoration, the priest responded with: “This is not a joke.”

Naturally, people lost their minds and turned Father Schrenk’s tweet into a meme, with some comparing it to the infamous Ecce Homo fresco restoration.

The Ghent Altarpiece underwent restoration in 2012, starting with the eight outer panels. The full restoration is expected to be finished in 2021.

The Ghent Altarpiece

 

Photo Wikimedia Commons | Public Domain.
ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

 

Comments
Recommended Videos
About The Author
Mario Alvaro Limos
Features Editor
View Other Articles From Mario
Comments
Latest Feed
 
Share
What are your fondest memories of amusement parks in Manila?
 
Share
Here's a list of some of the best couriers so you can shop online with less worry.
 
Share
According to Buffett, the massive market sell-off is creating more opportunities to buy stocks at a lower price.
 
Share
Tudor is known for being Rolex’s edgier and more experimental younger sibling, the perfect embodiment of which can be seen in its chronographs, celebrating a milestone anniversary this year 
 
Share
Travelers from North Gyeongsang are also banned from coming to the Philippines.
 
Share
Fifty percent will be allocated to the Build, Build, Build Program
 
Share
Spirits Library's Lee Watson sets up his headquarters in the Poblacion bar and fills it with the most amazing things. 
 
Share
Emporio Armani's new fragrance frontman has a simple yet effective approach to grooming.
 
Share
Data suggest a significant price drop soon, so maybe you should wait a while.
 
Share
COVID-19 isn't a pandemic yet, but some countries are taking precautionary steps in case it becomes one.
Load More Articles
Connect With Us