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https://www.cnn.com/style/article/ghent-altarpiece-restoration-scli-intl/ >There are no words to express the result" was the beaming reaction of Belgium's Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, after a 15th-century masterpiece -- painted over shortly after completion -- was restored to its former glory. And they were right -- commentators have been left speechless by one particular aspect of the newly revealed painting. The latest panel of the "Ghent Altarpiece," a large work by Hubert and Jan van Eyck, was unveiled in December as part of an ongoing project to restore the painting to its original design.
>The painting -- also known as "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" -- depicts a lamb, representing Jesus, being sacrificed on an altar.
The weirdest part is just how it appears binocular. The original has typical beast features, sloping forward with eyes obviously placed on the sides of the head. The second image is almost as if it were anticipating a forward-face of binocular vision.
That and the ear placement makes me wonder if the artist didn't mistake a human's quartering for the anatomy, which is beyond weird and why it gives this 'uncanny valley' look. The face is literally designed to appear human-like.
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