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 departure as the Director of the Mauritshuis in 2008.
Wytema is affiliated with the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. Her thesis deals with a triptych that was purchased in 2007 by the Groeningemuseum in Bruges and was studied extensively by Wytema during her internship at the Groeningemuseum. The Madonna with Petrus Wijts is special because it is assembled from an early 17th-century middle panel and late 15th-century side panels. The triptych is a copy after the triptych that Jan van Eyck painted just before his death for Provost Nicolaas van Maelbeke. Unfortunately that work has been lost.
Wytema was also selected for the third Summer Course for the Study of the Arts in Flanders, with the focus of Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture in the Low Countries. The goal of the Summer Course is to annually bring a select, highly qualified group of a maximum of 18 young researchers from home and abroad to Flanders and to offer an intensive 11-day programme of lectures, discussions and visits (centred around a specific theme of Flemish art).
(News item April 12, 2017)