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Image of the Month: Mutton Dressed as Lamb?

The restored (original) lamb's face
The lamb's face, as painted over in the 16th century


The “Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” (or the “Ghent Altarpiece”) is supposedly the most stolen painting in history. Almost 600 years after its completion in 1432, researchers applied X-ray fluorescence scanning to reveal the original face of the central lamb, believed to have been painted over in the 16th century. Here we see the restored version (photo one) and repainted version (photo two) of the painting. Some might say the elusive 16th century painter had the right idea – what do you think?

Image credit: @frajds (Twitter)

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