Mechelen is known as a production center for wooden sculptures mainly by the numerous resulting statuettes, dating around 1500 and in the first third of the 16th century, which were also widely exported. They worked as individual figures and were made for altarpieces and prayer boxes, the so-called besloten hofje. The study of these statuettes refers above all to the German-speaking world. However, the carving activity in Mechelen does not end with this early mass production. Even in the later 16th century and into the 17th century, the sculptural image production in Mechelen can be detected. This late Mechelen production has not yet been investigated.This project aims to do just that.
Project coordinators: Michael Rief and Dr. Dagmar Preising, Suermondt-Ludwig Museum AachenVisit website
The Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung has launched a large-scale conservation project that will focus on one of the collection’s most important works over the next few years. The Rimini Altarpiece, one of the most comprehensive and best-preserved late medieval figural groups in alabaster, will undergo a range of conservation and restoration treatments, including state-of-the-art laser technology. An in-depth technical analysis of the artwork will also be carried out. The Liebieghaus has acquired a special laser to ensure that the highly sensitive material can be cleaned as gently and effectively as possible, and has also been able to gain the support of the research laboratory of the Louvre in Paris which will assist in the precise analysis of the stone’s material composition. A special conservation studio has been set up for the project at the museum that is on view to visitors and will be complemented by an educational display explaining the ongoing work, an accompanying film and regular updates on the results of the analyses and conservation-restoration work that will be published on the Liebieghaus website, allowing the public to follow each step of the project firsthand. The project is set to run for three years and is supported by the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung.Visit website
The AMD is the first comprehensive scholarly guide to art galleries, auction houses, art fairs, and agents from multiple national and historical contexts.
The AMD’s first part, on Europe and North America in the 20th and 21st centuries, will be published as an online searchable database and in print in 2019.
The first part will comprise three printed volumes with ca. 2,000 entries, and an additional ca. 3,000 online entries.Visit website
The Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum) is Germany’s national historical museum. Located in Berlin’s historic district of Mitte, it sees itself as a place of active communication and discussion of history.Visit website
The Hildesheim Cathedral Museum houses one of the world's finest collections of sacred art: the Hildesheim Cathedral Treasury, which forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.Visit website
The collection of the Landesmuseum Württemberg includes more than 430 sculptures. Unfortunately one few sculptures are on display, but for research the museum’s storeroom can be visited.
The Landesmuseum Württemberg is also in charge of a “Zweigmuseum” in Rottweil, the “Sammlung Dursch” (Dursch collection), where more than 120 medieval sculptures are permanently exhibited.Visit website
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
The Liebieghaus presently accommodates a sculpture collection of the highest quality and offers an overview of five thousand years of sculpture from Ancient Egypt to Neoclassicism. Today some five thousand works are to be found in the former Liebieg Villa, located on the Schaumainkai.The sculpture collection of the Städtische Galerie of Frankfurt was opened in 1909 as a complement to the already existing painting collection in the Städel Museum. "To illustrate the development of sculpture throughout the eras of history by collecting outstanding or characteristic works” was the aim founding director Georg Swarzenski associated with the establishment of a collection to be devoted exclusively to sculpture.
Collection database online
Curator sculpture collection: Harald Theiss
Research project on Medieval church portals by the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Institut für Archäologie, Denkmalkunde und Kunstgeschichte
Lehrstuhl für Kunstgeschichte, insb. Mittelalterliche Kunstgeschichte