About this artwork

The viewer's full attention is drawn to the large centre panel in which a divine liturgy is performed around the Lamb of God Jesus Christ in a green landscape with a high horizon. an altar stands in the middle on a small green mound possibly representing Mount Zion. the Lamb stands erect on the altar alive but bleeding from a wound. It's blood spurts out into a chalice. The allusion is clear Christ's death and ressurection his sacrifice for humanity are commemorated on the altar during every Mass. the scene as a whole referst to the Last supper when Jesus described the wine as his blood which he was to shed for all humanity to earn the forgiveness of its sins.

About the artist

Jan van Eyck was born around 1400 in the Limburg town of Maaseik. Around 1432 he settled in Bruges. There he had, until his death in 1441, a studio with a large number of employees. Van Eyck's representation of light and its effects on the visible world represented a fundamental innovation in art. He was the first to succeed in convincingly evoking a tangible reality in painting.More about Jan Van Eyck

About the collection

In addition to the most important masterpiece of Flemish painting, the "Adoration of the Lamb of God" by the brothers Jan and Hubrecht Van Eyck, there are still many art treasures worth a visit.More about Sint-Baafskathedraal Gent

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