Friday, April 05, 2013

Who painted this? #23

It's another lamb!  OK - so sometimes I lack imagination!

This time instead of being a tiny part of a huge painting, this is a study - a drawing for a painting - but by who - and when?

Who painted this? #23
Who painted this? #23
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Who Painted This #22 - The Answer
Lamb of God
Part of the lower central panel of
The Ghent Altarpiece: Adoration of the Lamb
As you can see the Lamb of God forms a very small part of the Ghent Altarpiece.

The whole painting was started and probably designed by Hubert van Eyck.  However he died and the majority of it is thought to have been painted by his younger brother Jan van Eyck.

The Wikipedia page about The Ghent Altarpiece provides a very detailed explanation of all the panels

The Ghent Altarpiece: Adoration of the LambJan van Eyck (c. 1390 - c. 1341)
"Hubrecht van Eyck, the most famous painter ever known, started this work of art; his brother Jan, who was second in the art, finished the task at the request of Joos Vijd. With this verse the donor consigns the work to your charge on May 6th 1432. Admire what they have done for you".(Free translation of the quatrain on the polyptych)
What's very important about the Ghent Altarpiece is that it is one of the "great masterpieces of Western Civilisation" and is frequently cited as the first painting of the Renaissance.  It forms part of the story of oil painting.  The way Van Eyck rendered the subjects - including the use of transparent glazes - represented a new technique for the handling of oil paint

Those who would like to see The Ghent Altarpiece which the lamb is part of need look no further than Andrew Graham Dixon's new series of The High Art of the Low Countries - available to see on iPlayer or repeated on BBC4
Starting his journey at the magnificent altarpiece of Ghent Cathedral created by the Van Eyck brothers, Andrew explains their groundbreaking innovation in oil painting and marvels at how the colours they obtained can still remain so vibrant today.
It's the most important painting in Belgium and is undergoing a major restoration at a cost of more than 1m euros (£800,000; $1.3m).  This page on the Getty website tells you about some of the restoration processes.  What is unique is that the restoration process was carried out int the cathedral itself.

It now resides behind bullet proof glass in a secure place within Ghent Cathedral.

You can find out more about the painting and its restoration from the following:
It has been stolen at least six times, looted in three different wars, held for ransom, sold illegally and part of it is still missing.

The correct answers

Ka Grey provided a very comprehensive first correct answer.  I always like it when the first one comes in comes from somebody who has very obviously enjoyed finding out about that week's painting!  Very astute search query!

Well done to all the others who got the correct answer - who are as follows:


  1. I found this after searching for chalk, drawing, lamb, sheep.

    Title-Resting lamb and head of Lamb
    Artist-Hans Holbein the younger
    Size-20.6 × 24.6 cm
    Medium-Brush over preliminary drawing in black crayon, with watercolour and some white heightening
    Current location-Kunstmuseum Basel in Basel

  2. This one took some figuring as I initially thought it was Rubens. "Study of lamb lying down" finally yielded results.

    Hans Holbein the Younger

    Study of a Resting Lamb and Head of a Lamb

    c. 1523

    Black crayon and watercolour with white heightening

    20.6x 24.6 cm

    Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland

  3. Study of Resting Lamb and Head of Lamb

    Hans Holbein the Younger
    Brush over preliminary drawing in black crayon, with watercolour and some white.

    KunstMuseum Basel

    Googled drawing study lamb, we found it on and wikimedia

  4. This one was easy so I can't be the first.
    I simply went with my first instinct and googled, 'watercolor study of lamb' and wa-la there it was, wikimedia commons

    Title: "Study of Resting Lamb and Head of Lamb"
    Artist: Hans Holbein the Younger
    Date: c. 1523
    Where it lives now: Kunstmuseum Basel
    Media: Brush over preliminary drawing in black crayon, with watercolor and some white heightening (and some nice severe mould-staining)

  5. ... the challenge now is finding the painting for which this is a study.
    I did a quick search, no luck yet.

    Katherine, if we don't get that you will tell us won't you?
    Maybe it should be for bonus points on these "who painted this?" studies...
    ...say, an extra $100.00 bucks!?


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