A large number of museums provided special loans for the exhibition. It was important that these loans travelled to Ghent in the best possible conditions. For this reason some museums took advantage of the opportunity to carry out conservation and/or restoration treatments.
The result was that visitors had the chance to view various masterpieces, in addition to the restored exterior panels of ‘The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’, for the first time in their original condition as only Van Eyck’s contemporaries could have admired them.
Portrait of Baudouin de Lannoy
Without a doubt the most eye-catching example is the restoration of Jan van Eyck’s ‘Portrait of Baudouin de Lannoy’, a loan from the renowned Gemäldegalerie in Berlin. This masterpiece has undergone a restoration treatment in Berlin and the astonishing result could be seen for the very first time at the exhibition in Ghent.
Turin-Milan Book of Hours
The prestigious ‘Turin-Milan Book of Hours’, of which a few folios with miniatures are attributed to Jan van Eyck, has also undergone treatment. During this treatment the tape and binding of the book have been restored and consolidated.
Portrait of a Man
After the decision to provide the MSK with a special loan of the ‘Portrait of a Man (Léal souvenir, or Tymotheos)’, the National Gallery also chose to have the work restored. Through the removal of the yellowed varnish, the painting shines again as in the time of Jan van Eyck.