Danny Praet

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 -
19:00 to 20:00
Netherlands Institute at Athens, Makri 11
Event Description: 

Prof. Danny Praet (Ghent University), "The Ghent Altarpiece. The complexity and hybridity of the composition of Van Eyck’s Mystic Lamb"

The Ghent Altarpiece by Jan and Hubert Van Eyck (1432) is arguably one of the most important works of Flemish Art and one of the most influential paintings in Medieval Western Art.
It refers to numerous Biblical, theological and classical Greco-Roman texts; offers a panorama of Salvation from the Fall to the final Visio Dei and is without doubt a work of the highest artistic and intellectual quality. Many theologians and philosophical movements have been suggested as influences on Van Eyck but there is no consensus on the intellectual inspiration for the Mystic Lamb.
This lecture will present difficulties in the interpretation of its structure and composition. Its philosophical-theological meaning has been connected to the Beatitudes but also to the four cardinal virtues of Ancient Philosophy and the three theological virtues of the Pauline Letters.
Its ongoing conservation and restoration in Ghent implies intensive study by a large interdisciplinary team using new technologies which have been able to show the material unity of the panels from the upper and the lower register of the Altarpiece. This lecture will reflect on the complexity and possible hybridity of the composition of this extraordinary work of art which has bridged the ancient and the medieval, the Greco-Roman, the Jewish and the Christian traditions.

Danny Praet is professor of History of Christianity and Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at Ghent University, and he is preparing, with the art historian Maximiliaan Martens (UGent), a collective book-publication on different aspects of the Ghent Altarpiece which will appear in Dutch and English at the end of 2018 or the beginning of 2019. Within the U4 Network he is Cluster Chair of the Humanities and was one of the founders of the U4 Winterschool Antiquity, which was organized for the first time in 2010: in Athens.

Limited number of seats available! R.S.V.P.: 210-9210760 - nia@nia.gr