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Hieronymus Cock - The renaissance in print
From 14 March to 9 June 2013 Hieronymus Cock - The renaissance in print runs at M - Museum Leuven. This is the first time in twenty-five years that the activities of the Aux Quatre Vents (At the Sign of the Four Winds) publishing house have been the focus of an exhibition. More than one hundred and fifty rare and fragile works on paper give a broad overview of the production of Cock and his...
Love & Devotion. The Gruuthuse Manuscript
The Gruuthuse Museum is a city palace in Bruges, built in the 15th century. Its most famous resident was Lodewijk van Gruuthuse (approx. 1427-1492), warrior, counsellor and chamberlain of the Dukes of Burgundy. He owned an extensive library containing more than one hundred illuminated or illustrated manuscripts. It is assumed that the Gruuthuse Manuscript also belonged to his bibliographic...
Hans Memling, Moreel Triptych, Groeninge Museum, Bruges.
The National Geographic Channel is renowned worldwide for its documentaries on Science and Nature. For the first time in the history of the channel, a Flemish series of five scientific documentaries has been made. In the series, Behind the Science, there is a behind-the-scenes look at the scientific research going on at the University of Antwerp. On 21 March, the series begins with the...
Private Collection, Courtesy of Jean-Luc Baroni Ltd
One of the most spectacular paintings of the Flemish Primitives, which was to be seen in the previous decade at the prestigious art fair TEFAF in Maastricht, will be exhibited in the Groeninge Museum beginning this week. It concerns a panel with the depiction of Pentecost that was completed by the Master of the Baroncelli portraits (an anonymous painter from Bruges) around 1480/90. The...
Hans Memling, Christ Blessing. (Photo: Sotheby's)
The previously unknown painted panel by Hans Memling (ca. 1435-1494), which until recently was in a private collection on the East Coast of the United States, though which was discovered, went up for auction at Sotheby's in New York. Christ Blessing ultimately went for a record amount of $4,114,500 (or 3,034,438 euro). Before the auction the value of the painting was estimated to be between 1 and...
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...