Methodical arthistorical and material research on Brabantine carved altarpieces in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

  • Van De Velde, Carl, (Administrative Promotor)

Project Details


The introduced research is a proceeding of the documentation and the results of the Research Council project "Interactive research (arthistorical and archeological) on sculpture-carving in the Southern Netherlands in the 16th Century", executed from 1.11.94 until 30.11.98 under the direction of the same promotor. The considerable production in several cities in Brabant (Antwerp, Brussels and Mechlin) of carved wooden altarpieces during the 15th and 16th 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-economic and cultural context of this production of altarpieces. The combination of the different scientific approaches at our diposal and a permanent exchange of the results of different nature (history, arthistory, technical research, natural science research) is expected to allow for a more exact defenition of the characteristics, the models of dissemination and the evolution of altarpieces of Brabant. The research will be developed in several directions; (1) arthistorical and material research about the characteristics of the Brussels Late Gothic altarpiece, as opposed to the Antwerp type; (2) wood anatomy and dendrochronology on a number of pieces in the collections of the "Koninklijk Museum voor Kunst en Geschiedenis" in Brussels, in collaboration with the laboratory of wood biology in the "Koninklijk Museum voor Midden-Afrika" in Tervuren; and (3) research of archives and written sources concerning the chronology and the socio-economic context of the production of Late Gothic altarpieces in Brabant
Effective start/end date1/01/9931/12/04


  • history
  • technology
  • wood sculpture

Flemish discipline codes

  • History and archaeology
  • Arts
  • Materials engineering