Rijmbijbel of Jacob van Maerlant
In collaboration with the Manuscript Department of the Royal Library of Belgium, and the conservation studio of the KBR, Lieve Watteeuw starts in February 2017 an integrated research on the material characteristics of the “Rijmbijbel of Jacob van Maerlant”. Maerlant is one of the most important Middle Dutch authors during the Middle Ages. The Brussels manuscript is the oldest illustrated manuscript in the Dutch language. Since 2016, the manuscript is undergoing an intensive conservation treatment, funded by the Fund de la Serna of the King Bouwdewijn Foundation. With scientific imaging (the Micro-dome, the Hirox 3D binocular) and through Xrf mapping the project will reveal detailed information on production characteristics of this important 13th century manuscript and support the conservation treatment. The research is in collaboration with the Imaging Lab – KU Leuven and the laboratories of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage.
THE ARTGARDEN RESEARCH PROJECT
The ArtGarden research project tests and develops an efficient ("best practices") matrix (tool - protocol) for monitoring, imaging and documenting (art-technical), fragile historic mixed-media objects. This is used to facilitate decision making during conservation and preservation practice.
The casus in ArtGarden is the conservation and preservation of the unique collection of seven Enclosed Gardens from the Mechelen City Museums. Their condition is similar to that of a vast number of museum objects kept in the Belgian Federal collections and even worldwide. Due to the multimedia nature of the Gardens this case study generates new know-how that can be applied to the conservation of other complex heritage objects. The aim is to develop ArtGarden as an international benchmarking project for conservation & preservation of original multi-media artefacts in museum environments.
Promotors of the research project are the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, KIK-IRPA, the University of Leuven and the University of Antwerp, Axes
For more information, please visit The ArtGarden research project website.
In Search of Utopia 1516
2016 will witness the 500th anniversary of the first publication of Thomas More’s Utopia in Leuven. More, humanist, statesman, and ambassador of Henry VIII of England, had his book published at the renowned printing house established by Dirk Martens in the university town – Erasmus acted as go-between. Utopia is, without doubt, the most influential new book ever published not merely in Leuven but in the whole of the Low Countries. More coined the word ‘Utopia’ himself. Derived from the ancient Greek it means ‘not-place’ or ‘Nowhereland’.
To mark the quincentenary of this milestone in Europe’s intellectual and cultural history the City of Leuven and University of Leuven are mounting a major exhibition: In Search of Utopia. It takes as its starting point a concrete fact in Leuven’s history – the printing, in 1516, of the first edition of Utopia. But the exhibition ranges far beyond that to explore the European fascination with the universe, with the globe, its parts and its inhabitants, and to delve into man’s dream of an ideal world.
The Enclosed Gardens of the Municipal Museums of Mechelen
The Missal of Berchem
the Manuscript from Sawalo
Illuminare – Centre for the Study of Medieval Art at the KU Leuven is researching and exposing the 12th century Gospels from the abbey of Saint-Amand-les-Eaux. This unknown masterpiece is being kept at the Museum Mayer van den Bergh in Antwerp. In the months ahead Dr. Lieve Watteeuw and Bruno Vandermeulen will study, conserve and digitalize the manuscript. This project will be executed within the RICH Project (Reflecting Imaging for Cultural Heritage – KU Leuven).