Methodical and interdisciplinary research on chracteristics, evolution and socio-cultural significance of the carved altarpieces of Brabant (15th -16th centruries)

  • Balis, Arnout, (Co-Promotor)
  • Van De Velde, Carl, (Administrative Promotor)
  • Verhaeghe, Frans (Co-Promotor)

Project Details


The project is realised in collaboration with 'Laboratorium voor Houttechnologie' of the Ghent University. The introduced research is a proceeding of the documentation and the result of the Research council projects on wood carving (194-1998) and altarpieces (1999-2002) both under the direction of the same promotor. The considerable production in several cities of Brabant (Antwerp, Brussels and Mechlin) of carved wooden altarpieces during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries is doubtless one of the most remarkable features of late Gothic art in Western Europe. The central question of this research deals with the technical, socio-economi and cultural contex of this production of altarpieces. The combination of the different nature (history, arthistory, technical research, natural science research) is expected to allow for a more exact defination of the characteristics, the models of dissemination and the evolution of the altarpieces of Brabant. The researh will be developed in several directions: 1) arthistorical and material research about the characteristics of the Brussels Late Gothic altarpieces, as opposed to the Antwerp 2) wood anatomy and dedrochronology on a number of pieces in the collections of the 'Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis' in Brussels, n collaboration with the 'Laboratorium voor Houtbiologie' in the 'Koninklijk Museum vor Midden-Afrika at Tervuren 3) researchof archives and written sources woncerning the chronology and the socio-economic context of the production of Late Gotic altarpieces in Brabant.
Effective start/end date1/01/0131/12/02

Flemish discipline codes

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


  • technology
  • carved altarpieces
  • methodology