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Painting by Memling donated to Musea Brugge
The portrait of Francisco de Rojas, painted by Hans Memling in the 15th century, is returning to the city of Bruges, where it was painted. It was donated by American philanthropist Bill Middendorf and will be kept at St. John's Hospital (the Memling Museum). The donation was made with guidance from King Baudouin Foundation US, part of the King Baudouin Foundation network. Francisco de Rojas, the...
New version Closer to Van Eyck
The Getty and the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Brussels, Belgium), in collaboration with the Gieskes Strijbis Fund in Amsterdam, are launching a new version of the website ‘Closer to Van Eyck’ that includes images of recently restored sections of the Ghent Altarpiece as well as new videos and educational materials. Two-thirds of the Ghent Altarpiece has already been treated by...
Musea Brugge has acquired a late 15th century drawing
Musea Brugge has acquired an important late 15th century drawing depicting the arms of alliance of the houses of Austria and of Burgundy on an escutcheon. The drawing was previously in a private collection and unknown to the scholarly community. It is executed in brown and black ink on paper and despite the fact that the ink has faded in time, all the details and the skillful execution of the...
Virtual 360° tour 'Van Eyck. An optical revolution'
From February 1st until March 12th 2020, the MSK hosted the largest Jan van Eyck exhibition ever. During these weeks, nearly 130,000 visitors came closer to Van Eyck than was ever possible before, but unfortunately the COVID-19 crisis forced the MSK to close the exhibition earlier.  Visit Flanders and the MSK joined forces with Belgian virtual reality company Poppr, to develop an online 360...
4th edition Musea Brugge Research School
28-30 November 2020 & 20-22 February 2021Deadline for applications: 12 June 2020 The Flemish research centre for the arts in the Burgundian Netherlands is organising the fourth edition of its museum research school in 2020-2021. The innovative formula of the Musea Brugge Research School provides participants with the opportunity to delve into selected works of art from the collections and...
Van Eyck conferentie
As the largest ever exhibition of the work of Jan van Eyck (February 1st – April 30th, 2020) draws to a close, scholarship gets the final word. Ghent University, the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent and Musea Brugge organise a closing conference on 27 and 28 April 2020. The programme kicks off with an exclusive after-hours event at the Museum of Fine Arts on Monday evening. After an introduction by the...
Van Eyck
Annually, the Summer Course brings a select group of 18 highly qualified young researchers to Flanders. They are offered an intensive 11-day programme of lectures, discussions, and visits related to a specific art historical period of Flemish art. The Summer Course provides the participants with a clear insight into the Flemish art collections from the period at hand, as well as into the current...
Call for papers
In preparation for the Symposium XXII for the Study of Underdrawing and Technology in Painting to be held in Bruges, 9-11 September 2020, the organizers have launched a call for papers.  The organizers of the symposium are UCL (Louvain-la-Neuve) and Musea Brugge and its Flemish research center for the arts of the Burgundian Netherlands, in collaboration with the Royal Institute for Cultural...
Nieuw Flemish Primitive for Musea Brugge
The green light has been given in Bruges for the purchase of a rare panel painting by a follower of Jan van Eyck. This acquisition signifies, just as with the purchase of the 'St Veronica' of the Bruges' Master of the Ursula Legend earlier this year, again an important enhancement of the core collection of the Flemish Primitives for the museums of Bruges. Up until now, the panel was in a private...
Oral History and the Afterlives of Devotional Objects
From 1623 to 2013, the Benedictine Sisters of Saint Godelieve Abbey prayed and worked among an array of fine objects integral to daily life and devotion. These included late medieval reliquaries and sculptures; sixteenth-century devotional paintings, printed books, and processional banners; Baroque croziers, choirstalls, and silverwork; and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century tin, ceramic, and...