Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Have a Happy Hippity Hoppity Easter 2012!

drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong . all rights reserved.
"Hippity Hoppity Easter Bunnies"  - size approx. 5.5"h x 7"w
pen & ink, watercolors, colored pencil, Arches HP watercolor paper
April 2012 - Utrecht, Netherlands

An early Easter greeting from me, because I'll be away from the internet for a bit. We're off to Gent (Ghent), Belgium for the Easter holidays. As always, I'll be in search of Belgian chocolate bunnies! I haven't been back to Gent in 11 years (no excuse, it's not that far away).

I'm looking forward to this trip very much, especially to again see my favorite painting of all time : The Ghent Altarpiece or Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (in dutch: Het Lam Gods (The Lamb of God)) The altarpiece was completed in the year 1432, painted by Jan and Hubert van Eyck. 

When I saw the altarpiece for the first time, 11 years ago, I was in total awe; it's an amazing work of art. I know I'm very fortunate to be able to see it again in real. However, for those of you unable to get to Gent, I found an alternative! Last week, while roaming around on the web, I happened upon this wonderful site where you can view The Ghent Altarpiece via new technology that lets you see the entire altarpiece online - all 12 panels, with extreme details. This extreme detail project, initially created for conservation/restoration purposes, is a collaboration between the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, (both in Belgium) and funded with support from the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. Have a look here: Closer to van Eyck

For those of you that celebrate,
Happy Easter!
Vrolijk Pasen!

tot ziens,


Threadspider said...

And a very happy Easter to you too! Enjoy your trip to Ghent-it sounds wonderful. We are going to our son's wedding...

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Thanks Judith and congratulations on your son's wedding! happy, happy!!

Btw, should you read this again, I can't leave a comment on your blog. I've tried several times, but Wordpress won't recognize me. I don't know why!???


Charne aka Meisie said...

Great choccie rabbit pic! :D LOVE the link to the V Eyck! Thnks so muh for sharing that! Hope you had a great time in Ghent!

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Thanks Charne! :o)


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