A New Look at a Van Eyck's “The Crucifixion” and “The Last Judgment”

Jan van Eyck (Netherlandish, ca. 1390–1441). The Crucifixion (detail), ca. 1440–41. 
NEW YORK---A newly opened exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art focuses on two beloved Van Eycks, “The Crucifixion” and “The Last Judgment,” from 1440-41 to solve long-standing mysteries about them. In a collaboration at the Met between Maryan Ainsworth, a Curator in the Department of European Paintings, and the Department of Paintings Conservation, these paintings and their frames have undergone technical investigations in an effort to solve long-standing mysteries about them. Whether the paintings were always intended as a diptych, or whether they were originally the wings of a triptych whose centerpiece has long disappeared, has been in question.

Metropolitan Museum of Art: "A New Look at a Van Eyck Masterpiece" (January 25–April 24, 2016); 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street), New York, NY; 212-535-7710; metmuseum.org