Excavation work to find The Just Judges draws a blank

Once against hopes of finding the missing section of the Ghent Altarpiece, The Just Judges have met a dead end. Excavation work on the Kalandeberg in Ghent (East Flanders) failed to find the Van Eyck brothers’ 15th century painting. The panel was displayed at the Saint- Bavo Cathedral in Ghent with the rest of the Ghent Altarpiece, until it was stolen during the night of 10 April 1934.  Since then theories about its whereabouts have been the subject of numerous books and every so often someone believes that they may be close to finding the missing painting.   

 

 

The search for The Just Judges has fascinated art experts and ordinary people alike. Hopes were raised that a breakthrough might be near. However, the excavation work that was started to try and find the painting was soon aborted and nothing was found. The hole has been filled up again.   

Although the painting was stolen almost 85 years ago the criminal investigation into the theft of the painting is still ongoing.  Over the years there have been many theories about where the painting could be. Now it is believed that the man suspected of having stolen the painting Arsène Goedertier mas hid the painting in an underground chamber or tunnel.