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).
Valentine Henderiks gained her degree as Doctor in Art History from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She is scientific collaborator at the Centre for the Study of the Flemish Primitives 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 is curator of the exhibition 'Passion. Albrecht Bouts and the Face of Christ' and is Project Director of Wings & Links.
Elisabeth Van Eyck is holder of a diploma in Art History from the Université catholique de Louvain (2012), where she specialised in the conservation of heritage, museum studies and art of the Middle Ages and Modern Times. Since 2013 she has worked at the Centre for the Study of the Flemish Primitives where among others, she coordinated the publication of the e-book "Frames and supports in 15th- and 16th- century Southern Netherlandish Paintings" written by Hélène Verougstraete and financed by the Getty Foundation.
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.
Louise Longneaux is Master in Art History from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (2016) where she specialized in the art of the Middle Ages, particularly Flemish Primitives and conservation of heritage. Since October 2016, she is an intern at the Centre for the Study of Flemish Primitives and is doing research on Memling and studying the production of Tower Retables in the Southern Netherlands.
Christina Ceulemans, 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) | Christina Ceulemans (KIK-IRPA) | Dr. Christina Currie (KIK-IRPA) | Prof. Dr. Jean-Marie Duvosquel (ULB, Brussels) | Dr. Bart Fransen (KIK-IRPA) | Dr. Valentine Henderiks (KIK-IRPA and 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).