#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.

The KMSKA Loans Rogier van der Weyden’s The Seven Sacraments to the Prado

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.

Symposium and inauguration new Chair for imaging techniques

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.

TRACKS now available in English

TRACKS, the online toolbox and guidelines for the preservation of archives and collections in the arts can now also be consulted in English. All the guidelines and most of the practical cases are translated.