Study days

Monday 2 and Tuesday October 3, 2017

The conservation of the tapestry cartoon of Pieter Coecke, the Martyrdom of St. Paul

The restoration of a work of art is always a good opportunity to question artistic practice through interdisciplinary dialogue. In this respect, the restoration of the tapestry cartoon of the Martyrdom of St. Paul in the Brussels City Museum has kept its promise.To mark the completion of the restoration, the City of Brussels, in cooperation with the Historic Monuments and Sites Department, is organising two study days on 2 and 3 October 2017.

The conferences will be based around three strands:

  • In the first part, the discussions intend to place the cartoon of St. Paul in its artistic and cultural context.
  • The second part will highlight the challenges, discoveries and contributions of the restoration project.
  • The third part will emphasize a little-studied body of works: the tapestry cartoons which are still kept today in public institutions. They will be presented from different angles: provenance, material history, a comparison of derivative cartoons and tapestries, technological studies, the state of knowledge and avenues of study, as well as museum issues

Provisional programme (pdf)

Scientific Coordination

Bérengère de Laveleye, Curator at the Brussels City Museum
Cecilia Paredes, Historic Monuments and Sites Department (Brussels-Capital Region)

In collaboration with Louise Longneaux (Scientific collaborator in the Centre for the Study of the Flemish Primitives, KIK-IRPA)

Scientific Committee of the restoration

-    Stijn Alsteens
-    Christina Ceulemans, Director of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage
-    Marjolijn Debulpaep, Director of the Preventive Conservation Unit, Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage
-    Guy Delmarcel, Professor Emeritus at the KULeuven
-    Dr. Ingrid De Meûter, Curator of textile collections of the Royal Museums of Art and History
-    Dr. Alan Derbyshire, Head of the Paper, Book and Paintings Conservation Section, Victoria and Albert Museum
-    Isabelle Douillet - de Pange, Chief Curator of the Museums of the City of Brussels
-    Valentine Dubard, Director of the restoration workshop, Department of Graphic Arts at the Musée du Louvre
-    Dr. Cecilia Paredes, attaché to the Historic Monuments and Sites Department, and scientific associate at the Université libre de Bruxelles
-    Prof. Catheline Perier-D'Ieteren, Professor emeritus at the Université Libre de Bruxelles
-    Dr. Olivia Savatier, Curator (Ecoles du Nord), Department of Graphic Arts at the Musée du Louvre
-    Anne Vandenbulcke, General Director of the Department of Culture at the City of Brussels
-    Joris van Grieken, scientific associate at the Belgian Royal Library
-    Prof. dr. Lieve Watteeuw, KU Leuven
-    Committee Secretary: Bérengère de Laveleye, Curator at the Brussels City Museum