The Rubenianum is a study centre specialized in the art of the late Middle Ages to the eighteenth century, with emphasis on the Low Countries.Visit website
At the request of the Société archéologique de Namur and the Musée des Arts anciens du Namurois, the Sedes Sapientiae of Séron-sous-Forville (exhibited at the Musée des Arts anciens du Namurois) is undergoing a technological study and conservation-restoration treatment. This sculpture is one of the few Sedes Sapientiae from the 12th century in Belgium that has not undergone drastic alterations in the course of its history. The stratigraphic and topographic study of the polychromy made possible the documentation of the original polychromy; the latter, apart from a few traces, has not survived. The first repaint, dated to the 14th century, is particularly well preserved, but covered by scattered overpaint and colour washes of mediocre quality that disturb the reading of the work. Consequently, it was decided to uncover the first repaint, an operation which is currently taking place.
During this treatment, the sculpture was shown at the BELvue museum as part of an exhibition presenting projects supported by the Courtin-Bouché Fund for the protection of Belgian art over the past 5 years (from 24/06/2009 until 20/09/2009, BELvue museum, Brussels).
The Flemish research centre for the arts in the Burgundian Netherlands was established in 2010 as an initiative of the Groeninge Museum in Bruges and the Flemish Art Collection. Since 2015, the Flemish research is part of the Kenniscentrum vzw, a cultural heritage not-for-profit organisation under the auspices of the City of Bruges. The centre's mission is to stimulate research on the art of the 15th and 16th-century Burgundian Netherlands and disseminate this research on an international level. The Research centre receives subsidies from the Flemish government within the purview of the cultural heritage decree as a consequence of the acknowledgment of the Groeninge Museum as an accredited museum at the Flemish level.
Since 2013, the Flemish research centre, together with the museum library, has been housed in the Sint-Andreas school on the Garenmarkt in Bruges. The centre is accessible to the public by appointment.Visit website
The Altarpiece with the Passion of Christ and the Life of Saint Denis from the collegial church of Saint Denis in Liège is an exceptional piece of Belgian heritage, due to the quality of the wood carving, the original partial polychromy and its large scale. The altarpiece dates from the beginning of the 16th century and is around 5.20 m in height and 3.25 m in width. It consists of an upper part, the coffer, depicting the Passion of Christ, and a lower part, the predella, representing the Life of St Denis. The painted wings that were originally attached to the coffer were removed at the end of the 18th century.
The conservation project facilitated the study of several facets of the art work in detail. This included structural analysis of the different parts, archive study of the historical interventions, visual and stratigraphical studies of the polychromy, analysis of the paint layers, dendrochronological dating and study of the style of the carving.Visit website
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Brafa is one of the leading European art and antiques fairs. Here, all art works on show are for sale and quality and authenticity are two of the key requirements exhibitors face. Brafa is an eclectic fair which encompasses a variety of specialities, from antiquity to the 21st century, including archaeology, Oceanic art, African art, Oriental art, silver, jewellery, numismatic, furniture and works of art from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, vintage collections, old master and modern paintings, contemporary art, sculpture, earthenware and porcelain, carpets, tapestry, drawings, old comic books, engravings, antique and modern books, photography and autographs.Visit website