Iconologies

Iconology is a two-faced beast. To students, it is often presented as a functional subordinate to art history. In the practice of research, it transgresses the borders of its discipline and can devour whole universes of images. Indeed, iconology, as envisioned by Aby Warburg, is supposed to study images produced inside and outside the realm of…

Underdrawing and Technology in Painting

The international and interdisciplinary symposium Underdrawing and Technology in Painting (formerly Le dessin sous-jacent dans la peinture) is organized biennially by Illuminare – Centre for the Study of Medieval Art (KU Leuven), the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Brussels), the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) and Musea Brugge (Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in the Burgundian Netherlands). The peer-reviewed…

Other

       Daan van Heesch, Robrecht Janssen and Jan Van der Stock (eds.), Netherlandish Art and Luxury Goods in Renaissance Spain (London/Turnhout: Harvey Miller, 2018). Bart Fransen, Rogier Van der Weyden and Stone Sculpture in Brussels (London/Turnhout: Harvey Miller, 2013). Reimund Bieringer, Karlijn Demasure and Barbara Baert (eds.), To Touch or Not to Touch? Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Noli me…

Current

Book Heritage Lab In 2016, Prof. Lieve Watteeuw launched the Book Heritage Lab – KU Leuven. The BHL is an innovative expertise lab of KU Leuven for research and conservation of manuscripts, early printed books and documentary heritage. Illuminare and the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies – as experts and keepers of the KU…

Past

2014-2016 | The Enclosed Gardens of the Municipal Museums of Mechelen In October 2014, a team of restorers started with the restoration of the seven Enclosed Gardens (Dutch: Besloten Hofjes) held by the Municipal Museums of Mechelen. The collection of seven Enclosed Gardens dates to the 16th century and belonged to the former convent of…

Maurits Smeyers

Maurits Smeyers (1937-1999) was a Belgian art historian and full professor at KU Leuven. He founded Illuminare in 1983, which was first established as a study centre for medieval book illumination. Professor Smeyers was a celebrated expert of medieval art, notably of Flemish book illumination, pre-Eyckian painting and Jan van Eyck. His extensive archives were donated…

Bert Cardon

Bert Cardon (1946-2015) was a Belgian art historian and full professor at KU Leuven. He was a specialist of illuminated manuscripts and late medieval typology. He was the co-founder and former director of Illuminare. If you would like to consult the archives or if you wish to receive the latest inventory, do not hesitate to contact…