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See more, thanks to the HeritageApp

Question: what do the Brooklyn Museum, the Ghent based Museum about industry, labour and textile and the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA) have in common? Answer: they connect the (physical) world of their collections to the virtual world in a public-friendly and successful way, thanks to iBeacons and augmented reality technology. This technology is now also gaining a firm foothold in Flanders and Brussels due to the new HeritageApp.

Second edition Musea Brugge Research School

The Flemish research centre for the arts in the Burgundian Netherlands is organising the second edition of its museum research school in 2016-2017.

The Art of Law. Artistic Representations and Iconography of Law & Justice in Context from the Middle Ages to the First World War

From 28 October, 2016 through 5 February, 2017, the Groeningemuseum in Bruges will host the exhibition The Art of Law. Three Centuries of Justice depicted. This art exhibition will feature about 100 artworks from over 30 national and international museums and libraries and will focus on themes related to justice as expressed in artworks of various media from about 1500 through 1800. The exhibition will be accompanied by an academic conference, held in Bruges from 16 through 17 January 2017. This conference is now open for proposals.

#Unite4Heritage: get involved!

Nobody stayed untouched after the destruction of the UNESCO World Heritage site in Palmyra, Syria. Nevertheless these attacks are often seen as ‘far from our bed’. But attacks happen all around the world, with tons of innocent (and often young) victims and the locations where the attacks took place will never be the same. Have you ever thought about losing a famous local, or national monument? We did neither. But what if we did?

Trusting the hand that feeds you. Understanding the historical evolution of trust in food

The interdisciplinary research group Social & Cultural Food Studies (FOST) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel organises its 2015 conference Trusting the hand that feeds you. Understanding the historical evolution of trust in food, which will be held at FARO. Flemish interface for cultural heritage from 7 to 9 September 2015.

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 City of Antwerp under the spell of cartography

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.

City app Xplore BRUGES

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.

'The Fur' by Rubens: MA-XRF scanning reveals a 'suggestive' fountain

'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.

Printmaking in Italy and the 'Flemish' contribution (16th-17th century) | Summer School

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.