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Centre for the Study of the Flemish Primitives

The Study Centre, created in 1949, is specialised in fifteenth-century painting of the Southern Netherlands. The Centre for the Study of the Flemish Primitives is a specialized research unit at the documentation department of the Belgian Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, a scientific institution of the Belgian Federal Science Policy. It has its own library and a vast collection of over 35.000 photographs, including details, infrared photographs and x-radiographs. Some of these are available online.

The documentation is updated regularly. New publications, articles and catalogues, useful for the study of the Early Netherlandish Painting, are systematically checked and introduced in the bibliographical database. To keep the database of paintings up to date, art sales, fairs and exhibitions are also checked for Early Netherlandish Painting.

The Study Centre welcomes the specialised researcher as well as the non-professional art historian.

Practical information:

Free entrance and accessible to wheelchair users. The documents can be consulted in the reading room, no borrowing allowed.

Where: Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK/IRPA), Jubelpark 1, 1000 Brussels (entrance located on the Renaissancelaan)
When: Monday through Friday from 9h00 until 12h30 and from 13h30 until 17h00
Person Responsible: Dr. Bart Fransen
Telephone: 0032 2 739 68 66