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    Closer to Van Eyck - new project (incredible closeups!)

    I'd like to share...

    There is a new online project run by several government and private institutions of Brussels and other countries, it's all about the famous masterpiece, the Genter Altar.

    Trust me, you'll never have a chance to see the Altar in such a perfect closeup quality. It's increadible what they have done, I hope you'll enjoy the tour: http://closertovaneyck.kikirpa.be

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    Um, just so you know, there was another post started about this in the lounge today...

    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=237790

    (It's still pretty awesome though.)

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    Queen,

    Well... Honestly, I didn't know! (Should I delete it? I hope not as statistically many more people visit the "Art Discussion" room comparing to the "Lounge"...)
    In any case, Russians were the first! I have found the link in our social net, http://vk.com/practicum, posted February 27.

    I guess, more people know and see it, better to the art world... Right?

    ...and I wish that one day all masterpieces will have a chance to be introduced to us the same way.

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    Yeah, I put it up yesterday also but I say there cannot be too many links to this. It really is incredible.

    And I agree with you about all masterpieces. If you can't see them in person this is the next best thing.

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    Totally. Whenever I see something like this or http://www.haltadefinizione.com/galleries.jsp , I desperately want them to add more pictures...

    Hopefully this trend will continue and we'll eventually have all the major paintings in high definition. I hope so. It sure beats pictures in art books... In some cases it could even supplement looking at the real thing, like in some of the frescoes where you can't physically get a close look. (Sistine Chapel. I'm lookin' at you. SOMEBODY GET ON THIS.)

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    Mindblowing. We need more stuff like this.

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    As I understand from a description in Russian is that after being exposed for almost 600 years the Altar needs a good restoration work.
    Which means they're going to dismantle the Altar quite soon. They start this fall and will finish (hopefully) by 2017. Which means we won't see it in real for a very long period of time (though I hope they'll dismantle and restore piece after piece but not the entire Altar).

    I understand the reason why so many masterpieces and icons are covered with glass nowadays. But then you don't see the art at all - with all those 2ft ropes in front of them, crowds stepping on your heels, reflection from the glass, etc...!

    And boy... how much I'd love to see them ALL at such a closeup as this wonderful project lets us!

    (my great respect to the Getty Foundation that is helping so much for this project!)

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    I think it will be awhile before I get tired of looking at all the tiny details.



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