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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...
Ambrosius Benson, Deipara Virgo, KMSKA.
The recently restored Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady will host an exhibition where unique illuminated music manuscripts and masterpieces of Flemish primitives will converge, embedded in a digital multimedia world. Peter Imhoff (ca 1470 - 1536), also known as Petrus Alamire, was born into a well-known merchant family in Nuremberg, where he was presumably trained as a musician and music copyist....
Master of 1499, MSK, Gent.
Beginning in July 2015, the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent has provided the diptych Margaret of Austria in worship of the Virgin, attributed to the Master of 1499, on long-term loan to the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The work will be able to be seen for the duration of a year in the Kunstkammer, the ‘chamber of art and wonders', in which the rich collection of the Habsburg emperors is...
New Chief Curator for the Hospitaalmuseum of Bruges
Ruud Priem (1969, Netherlands) is the new Chief Curator of the Hospitaalmuseum in Bruges. The City of Bruges selected Priem to lead the Hospitaalmuseum as of 1 September. Priem studied at the universities of Padova and Utrecht, graduating with honors. He worked for the Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History in Utrecht, the research institute of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles...
E-book Frames and Supports
The KIK-IRPA publishes the free e-book 'Frames and Supports in 15th and 16th-century Southern Netherlandish Painting' by Hélène Verougstraete. This e-book is published with the support of The Getty Foundation as part of the Panel Paintings Initiative, Musea Brugge and the Flemish research centre for the arts in the Burgundian Netherlands. This e-book serves as an important resource for...
City app Xplore BRUGES
Xplore BRUGES is a city app developed for smartphones and tablets and guides the visitor along various heritage routes within the city centre of Bruges. The app is available in Dutch, French, German English and Spanish. Two routes are based upon the fine arts' painter Hans Memling (ca. 1435-1494). In one of the routes, the visitor to the city walks along the pathway of 15th-century Bruges. Places...
Artistic Innovations and Cultural Zones
The series 'Spectrum Slovakia' features scientific studies, expert monographs, popular scientific publications and a review of scientific conferences on a wide range of topics. The mission and objective of this edition of 'Spectrum Slovakia' is the promotion and popularization of the most current results of scientific research by Slovak scientists and long-time specialized experts in the...
It is with great sadness we share with you the news that prof. dr. em. Bert Cardon (1946-2015), professor of Art History at KU Leuven and former director of the university research and documentation centre Illuminare-Centre for the Study of Medieval Art, is deceased on Wednesday March 25, 2015. The funeral ceremony takes place on Wednesday April 1 at 10:30 a.m. in the Beguinage Church in Leuven...
Rogier van der Weyden, The seven sacraments, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp.
From March 24 through June 28 the Museo del Prado in Madrid devotes an exhibition to Rogier van der Weyden (1399/1400-1464). The exhibition is curated by Lorne Campbell, and is organised in conjunction with the restoration of The Crucifixion in El Escorial (near Madrid). The restoration is currently undertaken at the Prado. This will provide a unique opportunity to see The Crucifixion and The...