L’agneau mystique (1939)

In L’agneau mystique (The mystic Lamb) the Belgian documentary film maker André Cauvin visually explores the famous 15th Century polyptych by Jan and Hubert Van Eyck (also known as the Ghent Altar Piece). With slow horizontal and vertical camera movements the filmmaker guides the viewer through the different panels of the altarpiece. Carefully chosen close-ups reveal the numerous details of the painting as well as the painting technique. The film was ordered by the Belgian government to be shown in the Belgian pavilion at the 1939 World Exhibition in New York.