3rd Summer Course for the study of Art in Flanders: Medieval and Renaissance sculpture in the Low Countries
18 - 28 June 2017

The aim of the Summer Course is to bring to Flanders, annually, a select group of 18 national and international, highly qualified young researchers. They are presented with an intensive 11-day program of lectures, discussions, and visits related to a specific course theme within Flemish art. This theme varies annually, with a focus each year on a different art-historical period.

The Summer Course provides the participants with a clear insight into the Flemish art collections from the period at hand, as well as into the available and most suited research methods, the state of the research and the research needs. We expect active participation from the participants, with a discussion following each lecture.

After two successful Summer Courses (The age of van Eyck in context and The age of Rubens in context), we now focused on Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Sculpture in the Low Countries. This Summer Course took place from June 18 through June 28, 2017. It is coordinated by Museum M in Leuven and the Flemish Art Collection. Excursions will be made to Mechelen, Bruges, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Maastricht, Aachen, Liège, Zoutleeuw and Brussels. The language of the summer course is English.

Participant reactions

A few reactions of participants of the first Summer Course ‘The Age of Van Eyck in Context’, which was held in 2015 in Bruges.
“A phenomenal learning experience.” “I have made new connections and found new colleagues.” “The amount of activities and breadth of subject matter was impressive, as was the overall logistic organization.” “The Summer Course will have a tremendous impact on my own research and on future teaching.” “A chance to learn from and communicate with renowned scholars in a very direct way. A very inspiring experience.”


The Summer Course for the study of the arts in Flanders is a joint initiative of M - Museum Leuven, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, the Groeninge Museum Bruges, the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent, the University of Ghent, KU Leuven, the Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in the Burgundian Netherlands, the Rubenianum and the Flemish Art Collection.

Structural content partner for this edition is the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK/IRPA).

With the support of the Rubenianum Fund administered by the King Baudouin Foundation and the Kress Foundation.

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