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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...
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...