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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...
John the Baptist (grisaille) (http://closertovaneyck.kikirpa.be/)
Since the launch of the website Closer to Van Eyck in 2012, devoted to the Ghent Altarpiece by the Brothers Van Eyck, it had yet to receive major updates. The panels and frames of the closed altarpiece were treated between 2012 and 2016. The conservation work led to the discovery that around 70% of the original paint layers of the Van Eycks had been hidden beneath overpaint for centuries,...
Der Genter Altar/The Ghent Altarpiece
The Ghent Altarpiece, produced by the Van Eyck brothers and completed in 1432, is the magnum opus of painting from the Burgundian Netherlands. Since its completion the Ghent Altarpiece has received a great deal of attention. It was an example for other painters; was highly praised by writers and even was copied at full size. The piece has known a turbulent history, surviving the Iconoclasm and...
Hans Memling, Bernardo Bembo, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp.
The Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp (KMSKA) is closed for renovations until 2019. For this reason, the museum's rich collection is placed on loan for various museums within and outside of Belgium. An important set of 21 paintings will soon be exhibited in the Mauritshuis in The Hague. Jordaens Already since July, the painting The Old Folks Sing, the Young Folks Chirp (1638) by Jacob Jordaens...
NEMO’s 25th Annual Conference
NEMO's 25th Annual Conference: ‘Open Heart Surgery - The Value of Museum Collections' (9-12 November 2017/ Ghent, Belgium) Collections are at the heart of museums. As their core and basis, the Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO) wants to take an open look at how museums operate with their collections nowadays. How do museums make their heart beat, how is it connected to other organs...
Friedländer 3.0 database
Last Thursday at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, on the occasion of the 150th birthday of Max J. Friedländer, the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Brussels) presented the Friedländer 3.0 database, developed by the Centre for the Study of the Flemish Primitives. This project is the first to offer online all fourteen volumes of Friedländer's English edition of Early Netherlandish...
Roger van Schoute
Roger Van Schoute passed away on 10 May 2017. Van Schoute was born in 1930. He held a doctorate in Art History and was Emeritus Professor at the Catholic University in Leuven. Van Schoute was a widely respected art historian and researcher. In the 1960's, he established the Laboratoire d'études des oeuvres d'art (Musée de Louvain-la-Neuve) and was the driving force behind the symposium l'Étude du...
Charlotte Wytema wins the Duparc Prize (Photo: website Mauritshuis)
Musea Brugge wishes to congratulate Charlotte Wytema from the Netherlands. On 30 March, the fourth Duparc Prize was awarded to Wytema for her thesis ‘tis nogtans maar een schaduw bij het licht': the Wijts Triptych Reconsidered. The Duparc Prize is given once every two years for the best art historical Master's thesis. The prize was established by the Mauritshuis as a gift for Frits Duparc's...
Hans Memling, Christ with singing and music-making Angels, KMSKA.
The restoration of Hans Memling's Christ with singing and music-making Angels from the collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp (KMSKA) was recently completed. Because of the non-restored condition of the yellowed varnish and the darkened retouches, the panels are never estimated at true value. After sixteen years of patient conserving, restoring and researching, the three...
Albrecht Bouts, Man of Sorrows, KMSKA.
Beginning on 9 March, the exhibition Blut und Tränen: Albrecht Bouts und das Antlitz der Passion (Blood and Tears: Albrecht Bouts and the Image of the Passion) is to be viewed in the Suermondt-Ludwig Museum in Aachen. The exhibition was on display last Spring in the Musée national d'histoire et d'art Luxembourg. This was in collaboration with the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA)...