The Ghent Altarpiece in 100 Billion Pixels

Posted February 26th, 2012 under Belgium, Old Masters

“It is now possible to zoom in to the intricate, breathtaking details of one of the most important works of art in the world, thanks to a newly completed website focused on the Ghent Altarpiece,” Getty reports.

“A stunning and highly complex painting composed of separate oak panels, The Mystic Lamb of 1432 by Hubert and Jan van Eyck, known as the Ghent Altarpiece, recently underwent much-needed emergency conservation within the Villa Chapel in St. Bavo Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium. As part of this work, the altarpiece was removed from its glass enclosure and temporarily dismantled—a very rare event that made it possible to undertake comprehensive examination and documentation, a project funded by the Getty Foundation.

Each centimeter of the beautiful altarpiece was scrutinized and professionally photographed at extremely high resolution in both regular and infrared light. The photographs were then digitally stitched together to create highly detailed images that allow for study of the painting at unprecedented microscopic levels. The website itself contains 100 billion pixels.”

Read on at Getty

Go to Closer to Van Eyck for more.

- Metfilter – The unseen Ghent Altarpiece: Using infrared reflectography, conservators at the Getty Museum have produced an infrared reflectogram of what lies beneath Jan Van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece.

Smart History: Jan van Ecyk, The Ghent Altarpiece (Open), completed 1432