In 2014, a project based at the Study Centre for the Flemish Primitives at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, Brussels (KIK-IRPA), began a study of paintings by Jan van Eyck (c. 1390-1441) in European Collections. In September 2015, the project comes to Madrid to document Van Eyck’s Diptych of the Annunciation, painted in the mid-late 1430s.
The Cranach Digital Archive (cda) is an interdisciplinary collaborative research resource, providing access to art historical, technical and conservation information on paintings by Lucas Cranach (c.1472 - 1553), his sons and his workshop. The repository presently provides information on more than 1,400 paintings including c. 13,000 images and 850 pdf documents from 193 contributing institutions as well as 345 digitized and transcribed archival documents and more than 3,000 literature references. The Cranach Digital Archive is a joint initiative of the Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf and Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences / Cologne University of Applied Sciences in collaboration with nine founding partner institutions, 19 associate partners and many project contributors. The project is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza collaborates by providing documentation on seven works by Lucas Cranach the Elder, one by Lucas Cranach the Younger and two by Hans Cranach.
CODART is an international network for curators of art from the Low Countries. This website is the best guide to Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide. Art from the Low Countries of the 15th through the 19th century are widely disseminated means that CODART’s network is extensive and unique. Major holdings of Dutch and Flemish fine and decorative art are located in approximately 50 countries. Most of these collections – assembled by royals and individuals passionate about Dutch and Flemish art – are currently held in public museums. CODART aims to make this widespread cultural heritage more visible and accessible to an international public. At the same time, the organization aims to increase public knowledge of Dutch and Flemish art, thereby lending a historical phenomenon a contemporary dimension. At present, CODART connects over 600 curators from more than 300 museums in almost 50 countries. Members not only work for prestigious institutions such as the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp, the Prado in Madrid, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Louvre in Paris, and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, but also for less well-known museums in Australia, Cuba, Mexico, Poland and Ukraine. These curators serve a large audience: the museum-going public. As a result, CODART ultimately reaches a far broader target group than just its members: art historians, museum visitors, private collectors and art dealers; in fact, anyone interested in Dutch and Flemish art.
The CODART NEGENTIEN congress will take place in Madrid from 19-21 June 2016 under the slogan “Connoisseurship: Between Intuition and Science”. Organized in conjunction with Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and Museo Lázaro Galdiano, will focus on the issue of art-historical attributions and its significance for curators