Ghent Altarpiece digitized

For the past year, a team of art historians has been working on a conservation project for Hubert and Jan van Eyck’s “Mystic Lamb,” better known as the Ghent Altarpiece. Along with the conservation, the altarpiece has been photographed at extremely high resolution to be released online.

Completed in 1432, the altarpiece consists of a number of panels, and is housed at the Villa Chapel in St. Bavo Cathedral in Ghent. The interactive web site will allow visitors to zoom in on various parts of the piece.

“We deliberately chose an open-source approach to the images, with the hope that it will spur more projects using interactive, high-resolution imaging techniques for the technical study of works of art,” said Ron Spronk, a professor of art history at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, who led the Web site project.