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Under restoration

Taking care of our collection

Museum Mayer van den Bergh ensures the proper preservation of the house and collection. But for some objects, good conservation is not enough. This is when we move on to restoration.

The sculptural group of Christ and St John the Apostle gets make-over

Christ and St John the Apostle (± 1300) by Master Heinrich von Konstanz, one of the museum's masterpieces and outright public favourite, is currently being examined and restored at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) in Brussels. A team of specialists have been studying the wooden sculpture from top to bottom, which has produced some surprising results.

Christ on the Cross with Donors regains colourful splendour

The monumental triptych Christ on the Cross with Donors  by Quentin Matsys (1456/66-1530) is being restored. At the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) in Brussels, a team of specialists is subjecting the work to a thorough examination. Surface dirt, the yellow varnish and previous retouching have now been removed. The masterpiece has now been revealed as Matsys intended.