Behold the Lamb of God
Original egg tempera painting with gilded 24k gold on cradled board
This is a miniature 8″x8″ egg tempera painting of a sheep standing on a table covered with a white tablecloth. The words “Behold The Lamb of God” are etched into the table.
The painting pays homage to the lamb in the central painting panel of the Ghent Altarpiece at St. Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium. That painting was done by Hubert and Jan Van Eyck in 1432 and has captivated the religious and art world for centuries. The Van Eyck painting was done in oil but it may also include egg tempera.
The painting by Van Eyck is known as the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb. It depicts people gathered around the Lamb of God which is a representation of Jesus Christ. After an 8 year restoration, the Van Eyck painting was revealed in 2020 to include a remarkably humanoid face on the lamb.
This painting is extremely detailed with many small brush strokes of egg tempera paint. It shows all of the folds and creases in the lamb’s wool and face.
The background of the painting and the halo is gilded in 24k gold leaf which is applied using a water gilding technique to attach the gold to clay bole (liquid clay). The clay is painted with several layers and sanded to a smooth finish. After the gold is applied, the surface is burnished with an agate stone and polished.
The egg tempera and gold leaf is extremely stable and archival quality. The frame is wired and ready for hanging.