A large number of museums are providing special loans for the exhibition. It is important that these loans travel to Ghent in the best possible condition. For this reason some museums have taken advantage of the opportunity to carry out conservation and/or restoration treatments.
The result is that this year in the MSK, in addition to the restored exterior panels of ‘The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’, visitors will have the chance to view various other masterpieces for the first time in their original, dazzling 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’. It is on loan from the renowned Gemäldegalerie in Berlin. This masterpiece has undergone a restoration treatment in Berlin and the astonishing result can be seen for the very first time at the exhibition in Ghent. To put it simply: it shines once more!
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.
Make a gift and become a patron/matron of your favourite work of art
Support these restorations by becoming a patron or matron. The King Baudouin Foundation is lending its cooperation to ‘Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution’. Gifts starting at 40 euro per year to the Foundation provide the opportunity for a tax deduction of 45% on the actual transferred amount (art. 145/33 WIB).
Make a transfer to the cultural patron account of the Museum of Fine Arts, managed by the King Baudouin Foundation, to account number BE10 0000 0000 04040 with BIC BPOTBEB1 of the King Baudouin Foundation with the payment reference 129/1029/00031.
Would you rather distribute your support over a year’s time? Then a monthly deposit to the same account number is also possible. Every gift, small or large, is more than welcome. If you gift 500 euro, then you become a lifetime Silver Patron and Gold Patrons are with gifts starting at 1.500 euro.
Interested in becoming a Silver or Gold Patron? Then register for the fundraising evening where you will discover a look behind the scenes for what your gift shall be used.