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Altarpiece restorations reveals 'human' lamb

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Long considered one of the most influential artworks in history, the Ghent Altarpiece has its fair share of memorable features. Completed in 1432 by brothers Jan and Hubert Van Eyck, each of its 12 panels feature intricately rendered biblical figures—some of the earliest subjects painted with oils—frozen in iconic scenes from Christianity. In the nearly six centuries since its creation, the painting has been forged, dismantled, stolen and rescued many times over, each heist further increasing its global renown.

But for some, the Ghent Altarpiece’s most haunting attribute may be one only recently revealed by restoration: the alarmingly humanoid face that once adorned the painting’s central sacrificial lamb.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ghent-altarpiece-restorations-reveal-alarmingly-humanoid-face-famous-mystical-lamb-180973846/

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/facelift-for-the-mystic-lamb

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Piney

It looks like something from the Island of Dr. Moreau. :lol:

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jaylemurph

Jesus Christ (ha! lamb joke!), what will these morons think when they see Hieryonimus Bosch’s stuff?!

—Jaylemurph 

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Piney
1 hour ago, jaylemurph said:

Jesus Christ (ha! lamb joke!), what will these morons think when they see Hieryonimus Bosch’s stuff?!

—Jaylemurph 

Gods!! When I first saw those I thought he was looking for the bread with the black fuzz on purpose! 

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XenoFish

Cronenberg Christ.

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third_eye

That's Abraham and his kid... 

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Eldorado

"Restoration of a 15th-century painting of a sheep representing the sacrifice of Jesus had the internet freaking out earlier this year over the Jesus lamb's uncannily human expression, which had been covered up by conservation work dating to centuries ago. New analysis of the painting reveals how and why that unnerving face was hidden from view.

"The sheep — which is also bleeding from a chest wound into a golden chalice — appears in the centerpiece of an 18-panel religious painting called "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb," painted by brothers Jan and Hubert Eyck in 1432.

"The Mystic Lamb's newly revealed face is eerily human and far creepier than the previous face, with forward-facing eyes and an expression that looks appalled with your terrible life choices."

Full monty at Live Science: https://www.livescience.com/art-restoration-mystic-jesus-lamb.html

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