The aim of the project Digital Corpus of Flemish Retables is to disclose three collections of 15th and 16th century Flemish altarpieces in images in order to create a Digital Corpus of Flemish Retables that is as complete as possible. It contains visual documentation that was collected by Herman De Smedt (1927-2009), Jaap Leeuwenberg (1904-1978) and Hans Nieuwdorp (°1944). For this project, that is funded by the Chair for Medieval Sculpture in the Netherlands, lluminare collaborates with the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague. By joining forces to provide access to specialist documentation the two institutes aim to increase the significance of this material for scholars and to promote interest in sculpture from the Middle Ages. The Digital Corpus of Flemish Retables started in September 2016 under the supervision of Suzanne Laemers (RKD) and Prof. Jan Van der Stock (Illuminare) and is carried out by Iris Ippel (RKD), Olivia Puzzolante and Hannah De Moor (Illuminare), whose dissertation entitled “Export, Transport, Import: Brabantine Altarpieces in Medieval Sweden (c. 1490-1530)” contributes to this research project.
An article about the project appeared in the Flemish-Dutch cultural magazine Ons Erfdeel, written by Hannah De Moor: “Schitterende kijkkasten. Vlaamse retabels verzameld in digitaal corpus”.