The Maier Files | Is the missing Ghent Altarpiece a map to the Holy Grail?
The iconography of The Ghent Altarpiece has since a long time fascinated researchers. When it was finished in 1432, the work of art became instantly the most famous in Europe.
Holy Grail, Rechtvaardige Rechters, Gent, Ghent, WW2, Graal, Grail, mystery, occult
16777
post-template-default,single,single-post,postid-16777,single-format-standard,ajax_updown_fade,page_not_loaded,,qode-theme-ver-17.1,qode-theme-bridge,disabled_footer_bottom,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-5.5.5,vc_responsive

Is the missing Ghent Altarpiece a map to the Holy Grail?

Righteous Judges - Jan Van Eyck

Is the missing Ghent Altarpiece a map to the Holy Grail?

Is the missing Ghent Altarpiece a map to the Holy Grail?
Why did Hitler crave the missing panel in the famous Ghent Altarpiece?

The iconography of The Ghent Altarpiece has since a long time fascinated  researchers. When it was finished in 1432, the work of art became instantly the most famous in Europe. It was the first real oil painting. Oil had been utilized to tie shades to artistic creations since the Middle Ages, however Jan van Eyck was the first to exhibit the genuine capability of oils, which permit far greater subtlety and detail than largely-opaque egg-based tempera paint, which was preferred before The Ghent Altarpiece popularized oils. The altarpiece contains more than 100 figures, and is an intricate pantheon of Catholic mysticism —at its center stands a heavenly field, overflowing with uniquely portrayed figures around a sacrificial lamb, representative of Christ (the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb from which the work draws it title). The sheep stands upon an altar piece and bleeds into a vessel—the Holy Grail.

 

Whether such a map is in The Ghent Altarpiece is another matter, one that researchers dismiss and call a crazy idea, however it is enticing to translate the mind boggling, puzzling iconography and masked imagery of van Eyck’s magnum opus in terms more weird and exotic than those in the average art history textbook. Be that as it may, there is additionally another segment to the story that powers this hypothesis, and it is connected to the 1934 burglary of that bottom left single panel “de rechtvaardige rechters”/ The Righteous Judges.

 

There has never been a persuading clarification for the motivation to steal the Righteous Judges panel, referred to because it portrays a gathering of Biblical wise  men (while likewise concealing a few portraits of men, including one of van Eyck). While the man who is assumed he planned the burglary of the painting, Arsene Goedertier, couldn’t have acted alone, and his motivation is quite uncertain. The painting was apparently stolen so as to ransom it back to the Diocese of Ghent—yet Goedertier had more cash in his financial balance than was requested in the ransom request. For absence of a reasonable motive, different hypotheses have emerged, one of which is connected to a Nazi detective, Heinrich Köhn, who was sent to Ghent to discover the stolen Judges panel many years before the Nazis grabbed the other eleven boards of the altarpiece.

 

National Socialist Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, along with Himmler, conceived of the idea to find the lost Judges panel and give it as a gift to Hitler at the tenth commemoration of his assumption of power in Germany, in 1943. Köhn investigated throughout the city of Ghent, even taking apart portions of the cathedral (for one theory held that the panel had been hidden on-site, never having left Saint Bavo Cathedral). He found nothing, and was sent to fight at the Eastern Front for his failure.

 


 

  • Is the missing Ghent Altarpiece a map to the Holy Grail? Why did Hitler crave the missing panel in the famous Ghent Altarpiece?  ...

  • Tidbits – backstory – For those who are into the many layers and the different themes of the Maier Files already noted that one of the themes associates with the Grail Quest, the hidden knowledge and the search for this power. The quest of the Golden Fleece and the Argonauts has always been in connection with the quest of the......

  • The first story ever written about the Grail was Perceval or the Story of the Grail (ca. 1180–1190) by Chrétien de Troyes. The tale of the Holy Grail is not an ancient myth whose roots are lost in the depths of time. The Grail legend was invented by medieval poets, storytellers and troubadours in the late twelfth and early thirteenth......

  • There’s always more than meets the eye … Especially in Maier files. Leni Riefenstahl’s 1932 film titled “Das blaue Licht” (The Blue Light) tells the mythic story of a girl, a witch to the local townsfolk, who guards mysterious blue crystals in a mountain cave. Those drawn to the area suffer an awkward death. This resembles to what happens to......

  • The original version of Julius Evola’s Mystery of the Grail formed an appendix to the first edition of his masterpiece, Rivolta contra il mondo moderno (1934). –  Revolt against the Modern World. Three years later he reworked that appendix into his “The Mystery of the Grail” book, which first appeared as part of a series of religious and esoteric studies......