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Flemish masterwork restored to former glory

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>> Completed in 1432 the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb is a complex painting consisting of 12 panels, 8 of which are painted on both sides for the whole work to be opened and closed much like a book. The first part of a restoration project to restore one of the most important Renaissance paintings in Europe has been completed here in Ghent.
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I'm Robert Genbartinik, reporting for Reuters in Ghent, Belgium. The first stage of the restoration, which took some four years to complete focused on the outside panels which depict the annunciation of the Virgin Mary, prophets and two portraits of the praying donors of the painting. Over the past 600 years, the painting underwent several restoration attempts, which is why difficult decisions on which layers to remove and which layers to amplify needed to be taken.
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It was not always clear which strokes were made by Hubert Von Eyck, which were made by his younger brother Jan, and which by others. Requiring an international team of scientists to assess this painting meticulously. The project has gone into the second phase of restoring the central frame, scheduled to finish in 2018.
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While the final restoration of the inside panels is said to be completed on time for a year of exhibitions centered on Jan Von Eyck in 2020.