In 2013, money for the restoration of the monumental altar piece ‘Crucifixion of Christ’ (c. 1517) by Cornelis Engebrechtsz. was raised by crowdfunding. In 2014, this project took off. This video shows how this absolute highlight in Museum De Lakenhal’s collection was subjected to x-ray photography and transported to the restoration workshop afterwards.
The altarpiece is almost 500 years old and has lived a moving life. It was one of the few survivors of severe iconoclasm in 1566 and was put in safety in the Town Hall by the Leiden city council in 1574, just after the Relief of Leiden. For centuries is remained there, alongside ‘The Last Judgement’ by Lucas van Leyden, Engebrechtsz.’s most famous pupil. Ever since the foundation of Museum De Lakenhal in 1874, these two altarpieces are among the highlights of the collection.