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LOS ANGELES – The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage in Brussels (KIK-IRPA) and the Getty Foundation announced the publication of Frames and Supports in 15th and 16th-century Southern Netherlandish Painting.
This free e-book, written by scholar Hélène Verougstraete, serves as an important resource for conservators and scholars who study and care for old master paintings on wooden panels. The publication is an updated study, based on Verougstraete’s 1989 doctoral thesis, which was originally prepared in French with black and white pictures. The new e-book has been fully translated into English and features over 2,000, full-colour illustrations and diagrams presented as a searchable interface.
The translation and expansion of the first edition of this book was supported by a grant from the Getty Foundation as part of its Panel Paintings Initiative. This initiative focuses on training the next generation of conservators of paintings on wood panels through treatment of some of the most important works of art in European and North American collections. The training grants awarded to date have allowed participants to work on some of the most highly visible masterpieces in the history of Western art, including Hubert and Jan van Eyck's Ghent Altarpiece (1432), Albrecht Dürer's Adam and Eve (1507), Pieter Breughel the Elder's Hunters in the Snow (1565), Peter Paul Rubens' Triumph of the Eucharist series (1626), Giorgio Vasari's The Last Supper (1546), and Caravaggio’s David with the Head of Goliath (1610), to name a few. The new e-book provides a valuable and more accessible set of reference materials for panel paintings conservators and other scholars of early Netherlandish painting.