Figure 28

Hubert and Jan van Eyck, Ghent Altarpiece, open, dated 1432, oil, gold and silver leaf, and gilded applied relief on wood, overall: 350 x 461 cm. St Bavo, Ghent (photograph: © Lukas - Art in Flanders VZW, photo Hugo Maertens). Gold and silver leaf and gilded applied relief appear in the three central upper panels, and gold leaf was originally applied to the dove’s aureole in the lower central panel, subsequently mostly painted over; gilded rays also emanate from the dove. All other metallic details in the panels are painted.

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