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Gerard David, Judgement of Cambyses, 1498, oil on panel
From 16 through 18 January 2017, the conference 'The Art of Law: Artistic Representations and Iconography of Law & Justice in Context from the Middle Ages to the First World War' took place in the Groeningemuseum in conjunction with the exhibition 'The art of law. Three centuries of justice depicted'. The publication of selected contributions to this conference has now been published by...
‘La Pénitence d’Adam’ by Colard Mansion
The city of Bruges has acquired the manuscript 'La Pénitance d'Adam' of Colard Mansion for the collection. The manuscript was on view in the spring exhibition 'Haute Lecture by Colard Mansion' at the Groeningemuseum. The work was bought at 'Les Enliminures' in Chicago.  Colard Mansion is one of the most important and mysterious figures in history of Flemish book production. Mansion's oeuvre...
The Temptation of St. Anthony
On November 5-6, 2018, the Rubenianum will host an international conference on artistic collaboration in the early modern Low Countries. In the early modern Low Countries, distinctive patterns of collaboration developed. Not only legal agreements but also relationships of trust fostered an artistic culture in which collaboration was a central practice – seemingly as important to the participating...
Detail Madonna van Jan Vos, Jan Van Eyck
For the first time in twenty-four years and only the second time in their history, two masterpieces of early Netherlandish painting commissioned by the Carthusian monk Jan Vos will be reunited in a special exhibition at The Frick Collection. These works — the Frick’s Virgin and Child with St. Barbara, St. Elizabeth, and Jan Vos, by Jan van Eyck and completed by his workshop, and The Virgin...
Illuminare website
The new website of Illuminare – Centre for the Study of Medieval Art (KU Leuven) offers quick and easy access to essential information about the research, documentation, and exhibition projects of the centre. Illuminare is a research and documentation centre, located at the University Library in Leuven. The focus on medieval and early modern art from the Low Countries in a European perspective is...
Jan van Eyck, Madonna with Canon Joris Van der Paele, Groeninge Museum, Bruges
Craig Stephen Harbison (born 1944, Baltimore), a prominent scholar of Northern Renaissance art, passed away earlier this year. Harbison taught art history for more than thirty years, primarily at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

 He attended Oberlin College, where he majored in art history and studied under Wolfgang Stechow. Craig went on to pursue a PhD at Princeton, becoming one of...
Detail head of the Lamb before treatment
After intensive research the restoration team of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Brussels) has removed the old overpaint that masked the main figure of the Ghent Altarpiece for nearly five centuries. As such, the well-known Lamb – an impassive and rather neutral figure, with a wide forehead and large earls – has given way to the Van Eycks’ original. With its intense gaze the...
Jan van Eyck's oeuvre online
The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage in Brussels (KIK) and Musea Brugge/kenniscentrum vzw have published high-quality image material of 20 works by Jan van Eyck from 11 museums on the existing website: Closer to Van Eyck. Between 2014 and 2016, the art historians of the Centre for the Study of the Flemish Primitives of the KIK and their colleagues from the imaging department rendered nearly...
Lecture by Stephan Kemperdick
On January 25, Stephan Kemperdick (Curator of Early Netherlandish and German Paintings at the Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen, Berlin) will give a lecture at Musea Brugge. Jean Fouquet (ca. 1420-ca. 1480) is certainly the most important French painter of the late Middle Ages and early Modern times. His works are characterized by a unique blend of elements derived from French traditions,...
Symposium Vergeten Meesters. Pieter Pourbus en de Brugse schilderkunst van 1525
The exhibition Pieter Pourbus and the forgotten masters (Groeningemuseum, Bruges, 12.10.2017 - 21.01.2018) focuses on painting in Bruges during the 16th century. For Bruges art this was a stimulating period. Talented painters such as Pieter Pourbus, Marcus Gerards and the Claeissens family were able to reconcile artistic tradition and innovation through devising a personal style. At the same time...