Call for applications for Van Eyck Summer Course


Dedicated to Jan Van Eyck this year, the Study of the Arts in Flanders' Summer Course opens up a wealth of information to international art students and professionals

Trip of a lifetime

International scholars are invited to submit applications for the next Summer Course for the Study of the Arts in Flanders. The intensive English-language programme will focus on the age and work of Jan Van Eyck next summer.

The Summer Course is organised by Flemish Art Collection, a collaboration among fine arts museums in Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent, Leuven and Ostend. It is one of many initiatives spearheaded by the organisation, which pools resources and infrastructure for communal activities and international promotions.

Every year, the Summer Course focuses on a Flemish master or a period of art well represented in local collections, as well as the historical and artistic influences of the period. “They are offered an intensive 11-day programme of lectures, discussions, and visits related to a specific historical period of Flemish art,” said the Flemish Art Collection in a statement. “The Summer Course provides the participants with a clear insight into the Flemish art collections from the period at hand, as well as into the current state of research on the topic.”

Adoration of Van Eyck

Last summer, Pieter Bruegel the Elder was the focus of the Summer Course, and in 2018, students studied the fin de siècle. Next June, the programme returns to its roots, with a programme dedicated to Van Eyck, who was the focus of the course when it launched in 2015.

The city of Ghent, which has more Van Eycks than any other city in the world, is also devoting 2020 to the Northern Renaissance painter and sculptor. The city’s Sint-Baafs Cathedral houses one of his best-known works, the “Adoration of the Mystic Lamb”, also known as the Ghent Altarpiece. It is currently undergoing an extensive restoration.

The 18 selected participants in the Summer Course will visit museums and works by Van Eyck and his Netherlandish contemporaries in Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, Leuven, Brussels, Hoogstraten, Lille, Mons and Tournai.

Applications are being accepted until 15 December. Applicants must have a master’s degree or be employed as a curator or restorer and specialised in the Northern Renaissance or Early Netherlandish period.

Image: “The Virgin and Child with Canon Joris Van der Paele” by Jan van Eyck, 1436, ©Musea Brugge/ in Flanders