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Considering Women in the Early Modern Low Countries
The international conference Considering Women in the Early Modern Low Countries (24-25 April 2015) brings together twenty-six eminent scholars of history, art history, and literature. It will be the first conference to focus on women and gender in both the Protestant Dutch Republic and the Catholic Southern Netherlands. The venue for the conference is the Rubenianum (...
Jheronimus Bosch, Saint Jerome, Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent.
In 2016, it will be 500 years since Jheronimus Bosch (ca. 1450-1516) died. For this reason, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the birthplace of the painter, is organising a large overview exhibition. In the anticipation of the exhibition, the painting the Last Judgement (Groeninge Museum, Bruges) will be restored by Dr. Griet Steyaert and  Saint Jerome (Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent)  will be...
Pieter Bruegel I, The witch of Mallegem, Groeninge Museum, Bruges.
In December 2014, the municipal council of Bruges approved the acquisition of the graphic collection of Bruges print dealer Guy van Hoorebeke. This collection consists of more than 1500 prints of exceptionally high quality, ranging from the early 16th century to the present. It contains rare early Netherlandish works by Lucas van Leyden, Pieter Bruegel the Elder and Lambert Suavius, and works by...
Van Eyck Research in Open Access
The VERONA project (Van Eyck Research in OpeN Access), led by the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK/IRPA), aims to stimulate research on Jan van Eyck. It aims to document and study all the signed and dated and generally accepted paintings by Van Eyck in European collections, consisting of seventeen paintings in ten different locations. These paintings will be documented with the same...
The Bowet Hours: a Bruges Masterpiece
Through March 22 the Groeninge Museum (Musea Brugge) exhibits the precious The Bowet Book of Hours alongside other manuscripts. The Bowet Book of Hours was made circa 1410-1420 in a Bruges studio. It is a rare example of Bruges Pre-Eyckian manuscript illumination. The manuscript, which was destined for the English art market, has been extensively studied. The result of this research is now...
Till-Holger Borchert and Hubert De Witte new Co-Directors
Hubert De Witte (*1955 in Sinaai), the former Adjunct-Director alongside Manfred Sellink, is the new Business Director of Musea Brugge. He is an archeologist by training and began his career in Bruges in 1977 with the establishment of an archaeological position. One of the highlights (in 1979) was the discovery of the tomb and skeleton of Maria van Bourgondië. Until recently he was responsible...
The Nativity, Brussels, 1470-1530, oil on panel, OCMW Brussels.
Who knows that the Public Centre for Social Welfare (OCMW) also has an art collection in its possession? And, who knows these collections? Beginning December 6 through June 7 2015, the OCMW of Brussels is loaning a painting to the Sint-Janshospitaal in Bruges (Musea Brugge), which is itself developed out of a historical OCMW collection. The art collections of the OCMW are generally much older...
Master of Rimini, The Good Thief, alabaster, c. 1430, Private Collection.
The Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in the Burgundian Netherlands organizes, as it did in the past, a series of lectures. During autumn 2014 4 guest speakers will talk about sculpture. The Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in the Burgundian Netherlands is an initiative of the Groeninge Museum in Bruges. The centre was established in 2010 with the following mission: to stimulate research...
Lecture ‘Sculpture design in Rogier van der Weyden's workshop'
The Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in the Burgundian Netherlands organizes, as it did in the past, a series of lectures. During autumn 2014 4 guest speakers will talk about sculpture. The Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in the Burgundian Netherlands is an initiative of the Groeninge Museum in Bruges. The centre was established in 2010 with the following mission: to stimulate research...
Exhibition 'From tree trunk to altarpiece'
The Ghent altarpiece was painted by the Van Eyck brothers and was completed in 1432. The oak used for the panels that make up the polyptych comes from the area around the Baltic Sea. The first part of the exhibition focuses on its long journey: the felling and transportation of the original tree trunks, how the wood was cut into planks and the tools used to do so. In other words, it gives us an...