The Jordaens and Van Dyck Panel Paintings Project (JVDPPP) is an innovative multidisciplinary art historical initiative co-founded by Dr. Joost Vander Auwera, Senior Curator of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts Belgium (KMSKB-MRFAB) and Drs. Justin Davies (PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam (UvA)).

Sir Anthony Van Dyck, 'Portrait of a Man', inscribed 'AETATE ERAT. 41. 1619', oil on oak panel, 73 x 59 cm, Royal Museums of Fine Arts Belgium, inv. no. 2746

JVDPPP is systematically studying the oil paintings on oak panels by Jacques Jordaens (1593-1678) and Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641). A comprehensive dendrochronological survey and the recording and collating of the Antwerp panel makers’ and Guild brand marks on the reverse of the panels, combined with new archival research and traditional art historical scholarship, will throw new light on these artists, their oeuvres and painting on wood panels in the 17th century.

Its results and findings will be made accessible for the widest possible audience through the JVDPPP website and the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History databases. Its archival research will be translated into English, as will out of copyright articles on Van Dyck and Jordaens originally published in German, French and Dutch. The project includes the creation of a unique database of the 1,000 Flemish panel makers’ marks collected by Prof. em. Dr. Jørgen Wadum over the course of his career.

Jacques Jordaens, 'Christ Instructing Nicodemus', oil on oak panel, 112 x 83 cm, Royal Museums of Fine Arts Belgium, inv.no. 3796, old attribution to Rubens

The back of an oak panel displaying the panel maker's punch mark of Lambrecht Steens (LS in ligature), the castle and two hands of Antwerp - the brand mark which signified the quality control approval of the Dean of the Guild of St. Luke, and the additional 'A' denoting the year 1620

JVDPPP is a collaboration between the Royal Museums of Fine Arts Belgium, the Centre for Art Technological Studies in Copenhagen (Prof. em. Dr. Jørgen Wadum), and the University of Amsterdam (Prof. Dr. Frans Grijzenhout). The four-year project is fully funded by Fonds Baillet Latour and began in 2016.

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