The Study Centre is involved in many projects - with and without external partners, national and international. Below you can find more information about current and past projects.
Blood and Tears. Albrecht Bouts and the Image of the Passion
This exhibition will focus on the production of portraits of Christ in the workshop of Albrecht Bouts (active in Leuven between 1475 and 1549). Albrecht Bouts ran a large workshop specialising in the production of images of Christ for private devotion, in response to the increasing demand for the Devotio moderna. The exhibition will take place in Luxembourg (October - December 2016) and Aachen (February – April 2017).
Wings & Links
Wings & Links is a pioneer project funded by BELSPO. It proposes a thorough study of the sculpted altarpieces with painted wings from the Southern Netherlands between 1450 and 1550. Since many of these compound altarpieces are disassembled, the sculptures and paintings have generally been studied independently. The aim of Wings and Links is to reconsider a selection of altarpieces in their complementarity and to examine the relation between the painted and the sculpted parts in order to recontextualize their creation and their meaning.
VERONA (Van Eyck Research in OpeN Access)
VERONA is a pioneer project of the Study Centre, financed by BELSPO. It has three goals: 1. to accomplish new research on Jan van Eyck and his workshop; 2. to document his oeuvre using standardised procedures; 3. to make this material available online in open access, in order to stimulate comparative research. The latter is financed by Musea Brugge, structural partner in VERONA. A video was made during the Madrid mission by the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum: see the video.
The Friedländer 3.0 project consists of two products. On the one hand it offers on line open access to one of the most fundamental contributions to the study of the Flemish Primitives: the English edition of Max J. Friedländers, Early Netherlandish Painting, edited between 1967-1976 in collaboration with the Centre. On the other hand it offers an easy searchable database of all paintings mentioned in this edition, updated continuously with the records at the Study Centre.
Ghent Altarpiece: Research and Restoration
The Ghent Altarpiece by Jan and Hubert van Eyck is being restored by KIK-IRPA at the Ghent Museum for Fine Arts. The Study Centre is member of the Advisory Board and co-ordinates the working committee for art historical research. The Study Centre will publish the results of the research and the restoration in a forthcoming volume in the series 'Contributions to the Study of the Flemish Primitives'.
Bosch Research and Conservation Project
The Study Centre collaborates in the BRCP, an international art historical research project in which modern technology is used for a fundamental reappraisal of the work of Hieronymus Bosch. In this project, art historians, curators and conservators from institutions around the world collaborate in conserving and studying the heritage of one of the world's most creative artists. The results of this project will contribute to the exhibition at the Noordbrabants Museum in 's-Hertogenbosch in 2016. More on boschproject.org.
Association Roger de le Pasture - Rogier van der Weyden
The international association Roger de le Pasture / Rogier van der Weyden encourages all activities or initiatives that advance the person or œuvre of Roger de le Pasture / Rogier van der Weyden and, by extension, promote the art heritage of our regions for the period concerned. Every two years the association awards a prize for a master thesis that contributes substantially to our knowledge of the artist, his œuvre or period.
The Road to Van Eyck
In the autumn of 2012, some extremely valuable and fragile works by Jan van Eyck, were brought together in Rotterdam for the exhibition The Road to Van Eyck, curated by Friso Lammertse and Stephan Kemperdick. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen was showing the paintings of this artist alongside other masterpieces by other artists of this period. The core comprised panel paintings, complemented by a small but high-quality selection of sculptures, metalwork, illuminated manuscripts and drawings. The Study Centre contributed to the project and the catalogue.
Signed, Jan R. A Renaissance Master Rediscovered
The exhibition, curated by Yvette Bruijnen and Marjan Debaene and hold in Leuven, Museum M, in 2012-2013 was dedicated to the painter who signed his works with the monogram ‘IANR’. Scientific research has identified the Leuven-based painter Jan Rombouts (c. 1480-1535) as the only genuine author of the monogram. The artist’s rediscovered, versatile oeuvre was being presented for the first time, and was juxtaposed with work by Albrecht Bouts, Lucas Van Leyden and Albrecht Dürer. The Study Centre contributed to the project and the catalogue.
Closer to Van Eyck. Rediscovering the Ghent Altarpiece
This online research tool offers high resolution images of the Ghent Altarpiece in different modalities, taken before the current restoration treatment, as well as several documents related to its technical study. It enables visitors to compare details as if seen through the microscope. The project is coordinated by Ron Spronk and funded by the Getty Foundation. closertovaneyck.kikirpa.be.
Flemish Primitives: an Online Museum
The Flemish Art Collection is the structural partnership between three art-historical museums in Flanders: the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, the Groeninge Museum Bruges and the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent. Thanks to this on line collection database, you are able to browse the entire collection of Early Netherlandish Paintings of the three museums. vlaamseprimitieven.vlaamsekunstcollectie.be.
Rogier van der Weyden. The Master of Passions
'Rogier van der Weyden. The Master of Passions' was a prestigious exhibition curated by Lorne Campbell and Jan Van der Stockt, on one of the greatest Flemish Primitives, boasting numerous exclusive highlights from 58 renowned collections in Europe and North-America. This exhibition, hold in the Leuven M Museum in 2009, juxtaposed original works by Rogier van der Weyden and works by his associates and contemporaries.
The Flemish Primitives at the Royal Museums for Fine Arts of Belgium
The scientific research for the five volumes catalogue raisoné (1996-2009), dedicated to the Early Netherlandish Painting at the KMSKB-MRBAB, has been done in collaboration with the KIK-IRPA and its Study Centre.