The Centre for the Study of the Flemish Primitives is a specialised research unit of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), Brussels, a scientific institution of the Belgian Federal Science Policy. Created in the year 1949 it has developed into the initiator of international and interdisciplinar research on Early Netherlandish Painting. Its objective is three-fold:
To offer documentation for research purposes
The Friedländer 3.0 Database is an online database on Early Netherlandish Paintings,
the specialist library is partially integrated in the online catalogue BALaT,
the photographic archive contains over 35,000 photographs, of which the KIK-IRPA photographs are available in BALaT.
To carry out and encourage scientific research
The research projects of the Study Centre are carried out in close collaboration with Belgian and foreign scholars. The Study centre also acts as partner in many projects run by museums, universities and research institutes.
To edit three series of publications
Bart Fransen is Head of the Centre for the Study of the Flemish Primitives. He gained his degree as Doctor in History of Art from the Catholic University of Leuven in 2009 with a PhD on 'Rogier van der Weyden and Stone Sculpture in Brussels' (Harvey Miller, 2013). He worked at the Prado Museum, Madrid, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, the Catholic University of Leuven. He publishes and lectures on Early Netherlandish art and on the artistic relations between the Burgundian Netherlands and Spain. He is project director of VERONA (Van Eyck Research in OpeN Access).
Dominique Deneffe is Master in Art History at the KU Leuven (1984) where she worked for the research project on pre-Eyckian miniature painting in the 1990s. From 2003-2009 she was a scientific collaborator on the project on pre-Eyckian panel painting at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage in Brussels. Since 2007 she has been a part-time scientific researcher at the Centre for the Study of the Flemish Primitives and she has been involved part-time in archival projects at the Institute. She has published on both miniature and panel painting before Van Eyck.
Valentine Henderiks gained her degree as Doctor in Art History from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She is scientific collaborator at the Fondation Périer-D’Ieteren and lecturer at the University of Brussels. Her PhD, dedicated to the life and work of Albrecht Bouts (1451/55-1549), received the prize Jacques Lavalleye-Coppens from the « classe des Arts » of the Royal Academy of Belgium, and was published in 2011 in the series “Contributions” (10) edited by the Centre. She curated the exhibition 'Passion. Albrecht Bouts and the Face of Christ' (Aachen and Luxemburg) and directed the Wings & Links project of the Study Centre.
Hilde De Clercq, KIK-IRPA director general a.i.
Prof. Dr. Dominique Allart (Université de Liège) | Prof. Dr. Barbara Baert (KU Leuven) | Till-Holger Borchert (Groeningemuseum, Brugge) | Dr. Véronique Bücken (KMSKB-MRBAB, Brussels) | Dr. Christina Currie (KIK-IRPA) | Prof. Dr. Jean-Marie Duvosquel (ULB, Brussels) | Prof. Dr. Valentine Henderiks (ULB, Brussels) | Prof. Dr. Didier Martens (ULB, Brussels) | Prof. Dr. Maximiliaan Martens (Ghent University) | Prof. Em. Dr. Catheline Périer-D'Ieteren (ULB, Brussels) | Jean-Luc Pypaert (independent scholar) | Prof. Dr. Ron Spronk (Kingston University, Canada, and Universiteit Nijmegen) | Dr. Cyriel Stroo (KIK-IRPA) | Prof. Dr. Jan Van der Stock (KU Leuven) | Dr. Dominique Vanwijnsberghe (KIK-IRPA).