The project is a groundbreaking combination of new scientific examination with established Flemish art historical practices. Fresh archival research in Belgian and other archives and the scientific results will lead to new discoveries on the lives and works of Sir Anthony Van Dyck and Jacques Jordaens; the chronology of their paintings, their collaboration with each other, their relationship to the studio of Rubens and new information on Antwerp panel making and makers.

Dr. Johannes Edvardsson photographing the tree rings on Jordaens' 'Education of Jupiter' in the Rockoxhuis, Antwerp

A non/micro-invasive dendrochronological examination determines the possible felling date of the trees that were made into the panels and, therefore, the approximate date of their use by the painters and their studios. The panel makers’ individual punch marks and the quality control brand marks of the Antwerp Guild of St. Luke will be examined, collated and identified. This also assists with the dating of a wood panel. Please click the link for an example report (by kind permission of the owner) – the Apostle Bartholomew by a young Van Dyck – lo001-bartholomew . The findings support the art historical view that it was painted by Van Dyck circa 1618.

JVDPPP is travelling to examine nearly 300 oil paintings on wood panel by Van Dyck and Jordaens in 97 public and private collections in 21 countries. To date, the team has studied 83 paintings across the world, from the National Gallery in London to the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico.

JVDPPP is actively searching for paintings on wood panel in public and private collections by Van Dyck and Jordaens to examine. Please contact us if you have a painting which can contribute to this important project.

In the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, with Júlia Tátrai, Curator of Dutch & Flemish Paintings

At the Bozidar Jakac museum, Slovenia, with the Curator, Kristina Simoncic and a painting of Judas Thaddeus painted by one of Van Dyck's assistants and retouched by him. A Christ and nine Apostle paintings were brought to Slovenia in 1904 by Carthusian monks who were expelled from France.

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