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Kunstschrift issue dedicated to Memling
The latest issue of the Dutch Kunstschrift, the bi-monthly journal for art and art history, is dedicated almost fully to Hans Memling (circa 1435-1494). The focus is on the Memling collection of the Saint John's Hospital in Bruges (part of Musea Brugge). The collection consists of six works from the Flemish Primitive from Germany. What is distinct to this ensemble is that four of the six...
Gerard David, Baptism of Christ, Groeninge Museum, Bruges.
The Flemish research centre for the arts in the Burgundian Netherlands is organising the second edition of its museum research school in 2016-2017. The innovative formula of this Musea Brugge Research School allows motivated art history students to study 15th and 16th century art works from the Bruges museum collections in depth, as part of a select group of other students, docents, and curators...
Book: Bosch in detail
Till-Holger Borchert (Director, Musea Brugge) has written the book Bosch in detail, the third book in the In detail series by Ludion. Jheronimus Bosch (ca. 1450-1516) is one of the most famous painters in history. The book deals with his most well-known works, which are illustrated in full-page detail. In diverse chapters, a number of themes from the artist are treated: faces, Heaven and Hell,...
Chair Francqui attributed to Dominique Vanwijnsberghe
The faculty of Letters and Philosophy of the University of Namur (Université de Namur) attributed the Chair Francqui to Dominique Vanwijnsberghe. Vanwijnsberghe is a researcher at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK/IRPA, Brussels). He is a specialist of fifteenth century painting and book illumination. (News item February 10, 2016)
Exhibition ‘A New Look at a Van Eyck Masterpiece’
This focus exhibition presents the findings of a recent study of the Crucifixion and Last Judgment paintings (ca. 1440-41) by Jan van Eyck and his workshop. These paintings and their frames have undergone technical investigations in an effort to solve long-standing mysteries about them. Whether the paintings were always intended as a diptych, or whether they were originally the wings of a...
Jan van Eyck, Saint Barbara, KMSKA, Antwerp.
The exhibition ‘Unfinished: Thoughts left visible' addresses a subject critical to artistic practice: the question of when a work of art is finished. Beginning with the Renaissance masters, this scholarly and innovative exhibition examines the term 'unfinished' in its broadest possible sense, including works left incomplete by their makers, which often give insight into the process of their...
Early Netherlandish Painting in Budapest
The Flemish research centre for the arts in the Burgundian Netherlands in Bruges is proud to announce the publication of Susan Urbach's long awaited catalogue of Early Netherlandish Painting from the collection of the Szépművészeti Múzeum in Budapest. Dr. Urbach, curator for Early German and Flemish Painting in Budapest's Szépművészeti Múzeum since the late 60s, has remained attached...
Lancelot Blondeel, Legend of St George, Groeninge Museum, Bruges.
'The Cult of St George' shows a selection of works (including paintings, sculptures, drawings and illuminated manuscripts) representing the saint in different forms. The exhibition examines how St George and the dragon are identified today with various battles of humanity against hostile forces, but also and perhaps above all against humanity itself as it seeks to define its destiny. The...
Henri Dobbelaere, Memling schildert het Ursulaschrijn, Stedelijke Musea Kortrijk
The exhibition 'Mythical Primitives: the Gothic revival in the 19th century' consists of 6 paintings from the Groeninge Museum collection, supplemented by 9 loans from Belgian as well as international collections. The exhibition focuses on the stylistic revival and thematic fascination with the Flemish Primitives so prominent during the 19th century. This romantic attachment for the art of...
Expo 'Mystieke Muziek' in Caermersklooster
The exhibition ‘Mystical Music' at the Caermersklooster in Ghent highlights the music in the ‘Ghent Altarpiece' by the brothers Van Eyck. Two panels of the ‘Ghent Altarpiece' show figures that are both seraphic and human. On the panel to the left, between Adam and Mary, singers stand by a lectern with a manuscript. On the panel to the right, between Eve and John the Baptist, somebody is playing...