Preserving the wood of the Ghent Altarpiece : The New Yorker

ABSTRACT: ONWARD AND UPWARD WITH THE ARTS about wood conservation. Several of the world’s top experts in the conservation of very old wood covered with very old paint met recently in a windowless, cramped room of the St. Bavo Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium.

The experts had been charged with assessing the physical condition of the altarpiece, which last underwent a major restoration in 1950-51, and with recommending a site and a design for its future display.

Read more via Preserving the wood of the Ghent Altarpiece : The New Yorker.

An audio slideshow on the alterpiece is also at the New Yorker site.

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