Research into a specific period in the history of art, such as the art of the Burgundian Low Countries in the 15th and early-16th Centuries, for example, calls for specialist knowledge. A benefit of such research is the bringing together of expertise and experts often from various disciplines (history of art, stylistic critique, scientific research, restoration, archivist activities, and so forth). In this manner, small and large research centres emerge that specialise in a specific period, demarcated by a temporal and geographical sense. Such a research centre assembles permanent knowledge and carries out active research.
Belgium has two non-university research centres that are specialised in the Flemish primitives. Under this rubric we present to you the Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in the Burgundian Low Countries, in connection with the Groeninge Museum in Bruges and the federal Study Centre of Flemish Primitives, in connection with the Royal Insitute for Cultural Heritage (KIK/IRPA) in Brussels.