Van Eyck’s ‘Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ in Ghent

In the Belgian city of Ghent to see the amazing restoration work on the Ghent altarpiece, van Eyck’s ‘Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’. The restoration has removed all the sixteenth-century over-painting revealing van Eyck’s original colours.

Jan van Eyck 'Ghent Altarpiece' (completed 1432)

Van Eyck ‘Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ (completed 1432)

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Restoration work being carried out on the main panel

Jan van Eyck 'Ghent Altarpiece' (detail, before and after restoration) 2

Before and after restoration

Jan van Eyck 'Ghent Altarpiece' (detail, before and after restoration)

 

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Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille

At the Palais des Beaux-Arts in the northern French city of Lille to see its permanent collection. It is one of the largest art museums in France and has an excellent collection of paintings and sculpture from antiquity to modern art.

Dirk Bouts 'The Ascension of the Elect' (c.1450)

Dirk Bouts ‘The Ascension of the Elect’ (c.1450)

Dirk Bouts 'The Fall of the Damned' (c.1450)

Dirk Bouts ‘The Fall of the Damned’ (c.1450)

Goya 'Time of the Old Women' (c.1808 - 12)

Francisco Goya ‘Time of the Old Women’ (c.1808 – 12)

Gustave Courbet 'After Dinner at Ornans' (1849)

Gustave Courbet ‘After Dinner at Ornans’ (1849)

Edouard Manet 'Bethe Morisot with a Fan (1874)

Edouard Manet ‘Berthe Morisot with a Fan’ (1874)

Fernand Leger 'Two Women with a Blue Vase' (1935)

Fernand Leger ‘Two Women with a Blue Vase’ (1935)

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Mozart in Girona

Back in Girona for an all-Mozart concert at the Palau Auditorium with the Hungarian National Orchestra under János Kovács.  The ‘Requiem’ was particularly excellent.

Mozart: ‘Adagio and Fugue in c minor’; ‘Jupiter Symphony’; ‘Requiem’.

János Kovács

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Relaxing in Denia, Spain

Relaxing in the Spanish fishing port of Denia.

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‘Flemish and Dutch Art’ in Girona, Spain

In the picturesque Spanish city of Girona for the exhibition ‘Flemish and Dutch Art of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries’.

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Houses along the river Onyar

Girona cathedral

Girona Cathedral

Flemish and Dutch Painting exhibition, Girona

Pieter Bruegel the Younger 'Peasants Dancing around the Maypole' (c.1620)

Pieter Bruegel the Younger ‘Peasants Dancing around the Maypole’ (c.1620)

Jan van Ravesteyn 'Portrait of Pieter van Veen with his Son and Secretary' (c.1620)

Jan van Ravesteyn ‘Portrait of Pieter van Veen with his Son and Secretary’ (c.1620)

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Postcards from Penne d’Agenais

In the delightful medieval fortified town of Penne d’Agenais in the Lot-et-Garonne region of south-west France, with its very impressive basilica.

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Notre-Dame de Peyragude, Penne d'Agenais

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Postcards from Toulouse

In the city of Toulouse, known as ‘La Ville Rose’ after the distinctive pink stone used to construct many of its buildings. Especially impressive are the central square, Place du Capitole, and the eleventh-century Basilique Saint-Sernin.

Toulouse, Place du Capitole

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