Labour organization and production process of late gothic carved altarpieces in the Netherlands (Brussels 25-26 October 2002).

  • Van De Velde, Carl, (Administrative Promotor)

Project Details


The congress we want to organize in October2002 concerns the intermediate results of the research on wooden altarpieces of the 15th and 16th centuries we conducted since the end of 1994. The method employed uses techniques from the natural sciences to supplement and valorize the traditional historical research in the conviction that both are of equal value and that through this a deeper understanding of the production process and the division of labour of altarpieces sculpture can be achieved. The research is done in collaboration with the 'Laboratorium voor Houtbiologie in the Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiendenis. As from 2001 to 2004 theyparticipate in the FWO-researchproject Methodological and interdisciplinary research n charcteristics evolution and sociald-cultural significance of the carved altarpieces of Brabant of the vakgroep Kunstwetenschappen en archeologie and the laboratorium voor houttechnologie the congress wants to respond to the needd to exchange between and to confront the different methodological approaches and views on altarpiece sculpture as a production process, both material and socio-economic and on the correct stylistic analysis of the objects. The results of our research will be presented to and confronted with the opinion of other art historians and scientists that are working in the same field.
Effective start/end date16/06/0031/12/02


  • technology
  • carved altarpieces
  • methodology

Flemish discipline codes

  • Mechanical and manufacturing engineering
  • History and archaeology
  • Agriculture, forestry, fisheries and allied sciences
  • Arts
  • Materials engineering