One of the members of the team that is restoring the work Nathalie Lacquière told VRT News that “The result is a surprise”. It took her three weeks of painstaking work to reveal the original lamb. In the meantime, the Ghent Altarpiece has produced some more surprises.
Last year a restoration team from the Royal Institute for Art Heritage (KIK) discovered that are large part of the central panel of the painting had been painted over.
In January this year they began removing the areas that had been painted over millimetre by millimetre. Almost six months later the results of their work are gradually becoming apparent.
The thing that catches the eye most is the lamb on the altar that is in the middle of the central panel. It had been known since 1950 that the original lamb had been painted over.