Flesh, Gold and Wood. The Saint-Denis altarpiece in Liège and the question of partial paint practices in the 16th century
The recent treatment of the Brussels altarpiece of the Church of St Denis in Liège by the KIK-IRPA has yielded much new information on the genesis and execution of this unique and monumental work of art. Above all, it has uncovered a partial polychromy that is exceptional in the context of the former Netherlands and the Prince-Bishopric of Liège in the 16th century. This unexpected discovery raises questions about the use of this type of polychromy in these regions.
The Earth’s surface area is 510 million m². For centuries, humans all around the world have tried to make Earth’s massive size comprehensible in a smaller format, in world maps and globes, in sea charts and city maps. Four exhibitions, starting on 24 April 2015, take the visitor on a journey of historical cartography. This varied exhibition programme was composed to accompany the International Conference on the History of Cartography.
Xplore BRUGES is a city app developed for smartphones and tablets and guides the visitor along various heritage routes within the city centre of Bruges. The app is available in Dutch, French, German, English and Spanish. Two routes are based upon the fine arts' painter Hans Memling (ca. 1435-1494). In one of the routes, the visitor to the city walks along the pathway of 15th-century Bruges. Places that were of importance in Memling's life are offered in abundance.
'Het Pelsken' (The Fur), Rubens' most remarkable and intimate portrait of his second wife Helena Fourment, revealed a stunning secret recently. Analysis by researchers at the University of Leuven and the University of Antwerp using ma-XRF scanning, an imaging technique that uses fluorescence to distinguish between the various layers and chemical elements of the painting, demonstrated that there was originally a fountain in the background on the right of the painting.
In the framework of its annual cycle of manifestations on Italy and i Fiamminghi, the Academia Belgica organizes in collaboration with the Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut Rome a summer school on Printmaking in Italy and the ‘Flemish’ contribution.
Internationally renowned specialists will guide you in the world of print making, lecture on the relation between Venetian and Roman print businesses, and discuss specific topics related to Renaissance and Baroque prints.
From 24 March through 28 June 2015, the Museo del Prado in Madrid devotes an exhibition to Rogier van der Weyden (1399/1400-1464). The exhibition is curated by Lorne Campbell, and is organised in conjunction with the restoration of The Crucifixion in El Escorial (near Madrid). The restoration is currently undertaken at the Prado.
The University of Antwerp organizes a symposium on the development and use of the MA-XRF scanner. This technology is frequently used in technical art historical research. The symposium on 26 February is organized at the University of Antwerp. The inauguration of a new Chair for advanced imaging techniques is planned on 27 February at the Rubenianum in Antwerp.
The exhibition Rubens and his Legacy. Van Dyck to Cézanne looks at the impact of Rubens on the art of painting. The show is co-curated by the Rubens specialist and curator of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp (KMSKA), Nico Van Hout. In 2014 the show was on view at BOZAR in Brussels, it now opens at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
In collaboration with MoMu | Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp, Europeana Fashion hosts its third annual conference in Antwerp on 24, 25 and 26 February 2015. The conference DIGITAL FASHION FUTURES explores the future of digital fashion initiatives, bringing together a multitude of online fashion platforms and innovative perspectives from the cultural heritage industry.