The Ghent Altarpiece

The Ghent Altarpiece is the highlight of the Flemish Primitives and a milestone in art history. The Polyptych survived the Protestant Iconoclasm, fell into French hands under Napoleon and was requisitioned by Nazi Germany during the Second World War. But it has now been hanging peacefully for more than 50 years in the place where it belongs: St. Bavo’s Cathedral. Peter Schmidt’s enlightening text explores the significance and background of the Van Eyck brothers’ masterpiece. Revised edition in a new layout. 




Publisher Ludion
Number of pages 96
  • $6.95
    Digital - English
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The Met
"By the end of the fifteenth century, visitors were already paying to see this famous painting in the chapel; artists who admired it include the Netherlandish painter Gerard David, who made drawings from it and, in 1521, the German Renaissance painter and printmaker Albrecht Dürer.”