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Le polyptyque de Marchiennes: histoire d’une restauration

The polyptych of Marchiennes: story of a restoration Exhibition: 31 May - 3 October 2011

Around the year 1540, the Utrecht painter Jan van Scorel (1495-1562) created three large altarpieces for the abbey of Marchiennes in Artois. They are considered to be among his best and most important pieces commissioned in France. The impressive and audacious paintings attest of the influence of the Italian Renaissance on Van Scorel. Long considered to be lost, the ten most important panels have been rediscovered and reassembled from 1957 onwards. They have now been restored after an ambitious conservation programme by the C2RMF in Versailles, thanks to the Fondation BNP Paribas patronage. The exhibition is accompanied by a scientific publication on the polyptych and its restoration (in French).

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