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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...
Memorial plaque Veronique Vandekerchove
On Friday 29 June, the city of Leuven, KU Leuven, M-Museum Leuven and Illuminare-Study Centre for Medieval Art (KU Leuven) remember Veronique Vandekerchove, head conservator of M-Museum Leuven from 1998 to 2012. Veronique Vandekerchove was the head conservator and driving force of the Leuven museum. She passed away after a traffic accident on 25 January 2012. Veronique successfully put Leuven on...
Rogier van der Weyden, The seven sacraments, KMSKA
When the Museum M in Leuven re-opened its doors on 20 September 2009, following a thorough renovation, the new launch was enhanced by the opening of the exhibition of Rogier van der Weyden 1400/1464-Master of Passions. This was followed by the colloquium Rogier van der Weyden in Context at the University of Leuven. The organisation of the colloquium was done by KU Leuven, the research centre...
Pieter Le Doulx
As an amateur historian, the Bruges artist Pieter Le Doulx (1730-1807) produced two grand, bountiful collections with some one thousand biographies of fellow townsmen. He was most likely aware of the fact that he lived at the intersection between two time periods: the old guard of the ancien régime and the modern society of the new French Republic. Indeed, Le Doulx committed Bruges' past to paper...
Gerard David, Herri met de Bles, Rest on the Flight into Egypt , KMSKA
Beginning 17 May, twenty works of art from the Mauritshuis in The Hague (NL) and the Royal Museum for Fine Arts Antwerp will enhance the 15th and 16th-century collection of the Groeninge Museum. The Hague and Antwerp museums are closed for renovations. The collections are being brought into other museums, amongst which is the Groeninge Museum. These long-term loans will run until the middle of...