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Chancellor Rolin in 3.5 billion pixels. A masterpiece by Van Eyck as you've never seen it before

The Louvre in Paris recently solicited the services of KIK-IRPA for the exhibition 'Revoir Van Eyck. La Vierge du Chancelier Rolin', which runs until June 17, 2024. The painting of The Madonna of Chancellor Rolin, freshly restored, was captured in images again by our teams. Moreover, it got its own section on the Closer to Van Eyck website.


The starring piece in the 'Revoir Van Eyck' exhibition is none other than Van Eyck's masterpiece, The Madonna of Chancellor Rolin. Remarkably, this is the sole painting by the Flemish Primitive housed within the Louvre's esteemed collections. The iconic artwork underwent restoration between 2021 and 2024, marking the first such endeavor since the Louvre's acquisition of the piece in 1800. Spearheaded by the Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France (C2RMF), this restoration project benefited greatly from the expertise garnered by our very own Institute, KIK-IRPA, particularly from our restoration of the Ghent Altarpiece over the years.


Before the exhibition commenced, the Louvre entrusted KIK-IRPA with the task of meticulously documenting the restored panel in accordance with the standardized VERONA protocol. VERONA, an acronym for Van Eyck Research in OpeN Access, represents a groundbreaking initiative. Under the VERONA project, every masterpiece by Jan van Eyck (c. 1390-1441), housed in prestigious museums both nationally and internationally, undergoes thorough research and documentation. This process occurs on-site, employing a dedicated team of scientists and photographers from KIK-IRPA, capturing the artworks in exquisite detail at high resolution.


The new ultra-high-resolution images of The Madonna of Chancellor Rolin are showcased on a large screen in the 'Revoir Van Eyck' exhibition. The result is breathtaking. But the KIK-IRPA team didn't just capture images of the front; they also documented the spectacular backside of the panel. These exclusive images have now been added to the Closer to Van Eyck website, where other artworks documented under the VERONA project are also accessible. A new section has been created on Closer to Van Eyck: Rolin Virgin Restored. Now, everyone can revel in the exquisite details and new object shots of Van Eycks amazing masterpiece.

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