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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...
Anonymous (Antwerp), Carved retable of the Passion of Christ, c. 1510. Burgos.
In 2010, Illuminare - Centre for the Study of Medieval Art (KU Leuven) acquired the archive of the eminent Belgian art historian professor Jan Karel Steppe (1918-2009). Steppe is internationally renowned for his groundbreaking research on the influx of Netherlandish art and luxury goods in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Spain. By springtime 2016, his documentation will be archived and the...
Footage of the first edition of the Summer Course
The Summer Course for the Study of the Arts in Flanders brings to Flanders, annually, a select group of 18 national and international, highly qualified young researchers. They are presented with an intensive 11-day program of lectures, discussions, and visits related to the specific course theme within Flemish art. This theme varies annually and focuses each year on a different art-historical...