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. An analysis of the growth rings of the tree will also allow the project to identify which smaller panels were cut from a larger panel, where matches can be found.

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. These can also assist with the dating of a wood panel. For example, through examining the paintings and undertaking new archival research, we have discovered previously unknown panel makers and the years during which they worked.

JVDPPP is travelling to examine over 380 oil paintings on wood panel by or related to Van Dyck and Jordaens in 133 public and private collections in 23 countries. To date, the team has studied 150 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 by Van Dyck and Jordaens in public and private collections to examine. Please contact us if you have a painting which can contribute to this innovative 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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