"The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb - 1" Adoration of the Mystic Lamb - Altarpiece - Van Eyck Tip by mightywease

Displayed in one of the side chapels near to the entrance in St. Bavo?s Cathedral Jan and Hubert Van Eyck?s magnificent polyptych ?The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb? is a wonderful example of early Renaissance art.

The painting was commissioned in 1420 by wealthy merchant Joost Vijd and his wife Elisabeth Borluut to be placed in their private chapel. It was completed in 1432, during the week the panels were closed to show the outside paintings, the annunciation of Mary and portraits of Joost Vijd and his wife. On Sundays and Religious holidays the panels were opened so the inside pictures could be viewed. From its inauguration the painting has attracted visitors though not all such attentions have been friendly.

Towards the end of the 16th Century Protestants wished to burn the picture, at the end of the 17th Century parts of it were removed to France and only returned after the defeat of Napoleon and in the early 19th Century the panels depicting the naked Adam and Eve were considered too shocking and replaced with ones in which the figures were clothed. By 1920 all panels were back in their original state and setting, however, in 1934 the lower left hand panel called The Last (or Just) Judges was stolen and has never been recovered. A 1945 reproduction of the panel by Jef Vanderveken replaces this. The painting is no longer in the Vijd chapel, though there is a reproduction placed in there to give a sense of how the chapel would have looked with the painting in situ.

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