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Detail of God the Father, central panel of the Ghent Altarpiece (oil on panel)

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LAF1765731
Image title
Detail of God the Father, central panel of the Ghent Altarpiece (oil on panel)
Artist
Eyck, Hubert (c.1370-1426) & Jan van (1390-1441) / Flemish
Location
St. Bavo Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium
Medium
oil on panel
Image description

The central figure has been widely identified as God the Father, overseeing the story of Salvation. He wears a papal tiara, an attribute normally associated with the Father. All the same, there are persuasive arguments to the effect that the figure is, in fact, that of Christ. The issue will, nevertheless, have to remain open. Some scholars believe that Van Eyck deliberately blended aspects of the Father and the Son. Another possible explanation is that Van Eyck wanted to present the figure of 'God' in his Trinitarian unity - as Father, Son and Holy Spirit all at once.

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Bridgeman Images
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beard / ghent altarpiece / panel / ornate / face / jewelled / crown / god the father / head / beard / papal tiara / detail / jewels / jesus christ / halo / Painting / Mzpainting
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Largest available format 3721 × 4961 px 7 MB
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Large 3721 × 4961 px 315 × 420 mm 6.9 MB
Medium 768 × 1024 px 65 × 87 mm 1.4 MB

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