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Crucifixion of Christ, 25.4 x 18.7 cm, private collection
One of the greatest discoveries at the exhibition, The Road to Van Eyck, currently on view at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, is a drawing of the Crucifixion of Christ attributed to Van Eyck's studio. The drawing, which was unknown until recently, provides vital information about the work of the great Flemish painter. Its composition is very similar to the left-hand panel of the diptych by Van...
The Magnificent Middle Ages
The exhibition, The Magnificent Middle Ages, displays 40 striking and important examples of book illumination. The pieces were selected jointly by the Plantin-Moretus Museum and Illuminare - Centre for the Study of Medieval Art (KU Leuven). A new piece of academic art research by Lieve Watteeuw and Catherine Reynolds is the basis for the exhibition. Christopher Plantin started collecting biblical...
Hans Memling, Christ Blessing. (Photo: Sotheby's)
A previously unknown panel by Hans Memling (ca. 1435-1494) has recently been discovered in a private collection on the East Coast of the United States. Yours truly had the opportunity to examine the panel and to verify the suggested attribution in New York at the beginning of November 2012. The spectacular discovery will be auctioned at Sotheby's in New York at the end of January 2013. The newly...
Family Affairs. Unpublished profiles of Italian Patrons in Bruges (1477-1530)
Federica Veratelli (Art historical researcher, and temporarily associated with Université Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne) is the second speaker in the series, Lectures of the Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in the Burgundian Netherlands. In the archives of Rijsel, there are a great many documents to be found regarding the presence of Italians in the Habsburg court after the death of Charles...
The Portuguese in Bruges and Antwerp in the 15th and 16th Centuries
The Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in the Burgundian Netherlands, established in 2010 by the Groeninge Museum of Bruges and the Flemish Art Collection, seeks to promote research into the art of the 15th and 16th Centuries in the Burgundian Netherlands and to stimulate an international awareness of it. The Centre will begin a series of Lectures of the Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in...
Vision & Material
As a consequence of the Vision and Material conference, held in Brussels in 2010, which was organised by the Flemish Academic Centre (VLAC is an initiative of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for academic research and art), the book Vision & Material has come to light as a publication. Vision & Material: Interaction Between Art and Science in Jan van Eyck's Time tallies 332 pages with...
Crucifixion of Christ, 25.4 x 18.7 cm, private collection
On 13 October the exhibition The road to van Eyck will open at the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam. The curators of the exhibition seek to offer an insight into the period that preceded the art of Jan van Eyck (Circa 1385-90-1441) The drawing with the Crucifixion of Christ, a highlight of the exhibition The road to van Eyck, is being represented as a newly discovered drawing of Jan van...
Dismantling of the Ghent Altarpiece, Saint Bavo Cathedral Ghent (Photo KIK/IRPA)
  On Tuesday, 2 October, it's a go, and the restoration and conservation campaign of the Ghent Altarpiece, the masterpiece of the brothers Van Eyck from 1432, begins. The working process will span five years and is divided into three phases, whereby one-third of the panels will always be transplanted to the restoration studio in the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent (MSK). Two-thirds of the...
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The Getty Research Institute launched the Getty Research Portal, an unprecedented resource that will provide universal access to digitized texts in the field of art and architectural history. The Getty Research Portal is a free online search gateway that aggregates descriptive metadata of digitized art history texts, with links to fully digitized copies that are free to download. The Getty...
Gebroeders van Eyck, Aanbidding van het Lam Gods, Sint-Baafskathedraal, Gent
With the support of The Getty Foundation, the Adoration of the Lamb (Ghent Altarpiece) by the brothers Van Eyck (Saint Bavo Cathedral, Ghent) was thoroughly researched last year. The world-renowned artwork appears to be in much worse condition than was previously thought. The climate in the glass cage is not optimal, old layers of varnish must be removed and the panels were found to be in a most...