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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...
Dieric Bouts, De marteling van de heilige Erasmus, 1464
Until the end of July 2019, ‘The Martyrdom of Saint Erasmus’ by the Leuven painter Dieric Bouts, one of the leading Flemish Primitives, will be restored in situ by David Lainé (IPARC).  Restoration masterpiece Dieric Bouts © David Somers This masterpiece has remained in its original location, the Saint Peter’s Church in Leuven, for almost 600 years. Even more remarkable is the fact that this...
Technart Conference
The University of Antwerp (AXES group) and Musea Brugge (Municipal Museums of Bruges) organise the 2019 edition of Technart from 7 until 10 May 2019. The sixth edition of this biannual conference will take place in the historic city centre of Bruges (Belgium). The main aim of this congress is to provide a scientific forum to present and promote the use of analytical techniques in the field of...
Ecce Homo, Jan Borman (c) M - Museum Leuven
In September 2019 10 years of interdisciplinary research are brought together in the first ever monographical exhibition and new publication on the Borman family of Brussels sculptors, active from the second half of the fifteenth century until well into the second third of the sixteenth century.   The Bormans might have been ‘the best sculptors’ according to one document from 1513 but they...
Research in J. Paul Getty Museum
One of the most celebrated works of the exhibition The Renaissance Nude at the J. Paul Getty Museum has been Virgin and Child from the Melun Diptych (ca. 1452-55) by Jean Fouquet. The painting will remain at the Getty, where it will be on view in the Museum's West Pavilion from February 5 through September 22, 2019.  The painting presents a dazzling vision of heaven with the Virgin Mary...
Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution.
In 2020 the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent (MSK) will be staging the exhibition 'Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution'. At the heart of the exhibition will be the restored outer wings of 'The Ghent Altarpiece', which Jan van Eyck finished in 1432 after the death of his older brother Hubert in 1426. Since the beginning of the restoration in 2012, conducted by the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-...
Technart 2019
The University of Antwerp (AXES group) and Musea Brugge (Municipal Museums of Bruges) are organizing the 2019 edition of Technart in Bruges from 7 until 10 May 2019. The main aim of this congress is to provide a scientific forum to present and promote the use of analytical techniques in the field of cultural heritage. The meeting offers an outstanding opportunity for exchanging knowledge and...
Master of the Legend of Saint Ursula
Musea Brugge has acquired an important panel from the 15th Century Bruges Master of the Legend of Saint Ursula. The acquisition is financed entirely by the museal collection fund. The painting is in an excellent condition. On the panel, Saint Veronica is presenting a sudarium with the face of the Christ. The painting was presented in Bruges at the Memling exhibition in 1994.  The...