Databases and Research Tools
Vírgenes Medievales Hispánicas

A privately run website on Spanish Virgin statues, mostly of the type Sedes Sapientiae. Contains many images of statues, geographically ordered.

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Wings & Links. Catalogue des retables anversois des années 1530-1540

The aim of the Wings & Links project, carried out at the Centre for the Study of Flemish Primitives of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) and funded by 'Politique fédérale scientifique' (BRAIN-be) between February 2016 and May 2018, was to reconsider the production of altarpieces in their complementarity, i.e. as ensembles, Gesamtkunstwerke, consisting of sculpted parts and painted panels. In this perspective, the research focused on a group of altarpieces integrating sculptures formerly attributed to Robert Moreau, a Parisian sculptor active in Antwerp between 1533 and 1540, and paintings given to the entourage of Pieter Coecke van Aelst. These altarpieces were brought together according to the criterion of the use of the same type of round-headed case with softly scrolled side profiles.

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Archivenet is a search device for websites by archival services at home and abroad. Archivenet is being updated on a daily basis since 1995.

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BALaT. Belgian Art Links and Tools

BALaT allows you to search 4 different databases simultaneously:

- KIK-IRPA's online photo library: 682767 photo negatives covering all aspects of Belgium's art heritage (visual arts, artistic crafts, architecture, archaeology and landscapes). Some of these photographs date from the end of the 19th century. This collection is constantly expanding thanks to new photographic campaigns and to the photographs of the works of art treated at the institute;

- KIK-IRPA's Library: 80000 books and articles related to cultural heritage (art history, conservation-restoration and scientific analyses). Every document (journal articles included) is indexed with a specialized thesaurus;

- The Dictionnaire des peintres belges du XIVesiècle à nos jours depuis les premiers maîtres des anciens Pays-Bas méridionaux et de la principauté de Liège jusqu'aux artistes contemporains(La Renaissance du Livre, Brussels, 1995): Covers the lives and work of no less than 6300 painters, from Van Eyck to Wilchar and passing by Rubens and Rops; from well-known to rather obscure representatives of Belgian painting;

- A repertory of persons and institutions. This list counts 200000 artists, craftsmen, researchers, authors of publications, conservator-restorers, photographers, collectors, historical or fictional figures represented in the works of art, museums, churches, learned societies, etc..

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Digital Heritage Inventory

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The digital heritage inventory presents an overiew of all the valuable immovable heritage in Flanders.

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This website enables you to discover the heritage of the Belgian provinces West and East Flanders. It contains museum collections (e.g. Musea Brugge, MSK Gent) but also collections from archives, churches and other heritage organisations.

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This website enables you to discover the heritage of Flemish Brabant and Limburg.
It contains museum collections (e.g. M Leuven, Het Stadsmus Hasselt) but also collections from churches and other heritage organisations.

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Explore millions of items from a range of Europe's leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums. Books and manuscripts, photos and paintings, television and film, sculpture and crafts, diaries and maps, sheet music and recordings, they’re all here. No need to travel the continent, either physically or virtually!

Europeana is the trusted source of cultural heritage brought to you by the Europeana Foundation and a large number of European cultural institutions, projects and partners.

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Marks on art: new RKD database

A new RKD database for marks on paintings on panel and copper supports, carved altarpieces, sculpture, and furniture 1300-1700 will be developed. A wide diversity of marks is found on paintings on panel and copper supports, carved altarpieces, sculpture (wood and stone), and furniture. They comprise guild brands, quality stamps, copper and panel makers’ marks, master’s marks, so-called ‘Hausmarken’ (house marks), as well as positioning marks. These marks afford unique information about objects and their manufacture, transport, dating, places of production, artists, provenance etc., which is of fundamental importance for our knowledge and understanding of artworks and their production.

A database of all these marks could open up unprecedented research possibilities. To this end, the RKD and a team of international specialists and partners joined forces to develop a new and unique online database of a broad range of marks on artworks dating from 1300-1700, called: Marks on Art Database.

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Musea en Erfgoed Antwerpen

This website enables you to discover the heritage of the museums and heritage collections of Antwerp.

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