With Koen Fillet, Sven Van Dorst (Chief Conservator) and Niels Schalley (Project Coordinator) of The Phoebus Foundation

The life of Saint Dymphna reads like a fairy tale! The life story of this remarkable saint appeals so much to the imagination that Goossen Van der Weyden (1465-1538), grandson of the famous Rogier, painted an altarpiece, consisting of eight panels, with an episode from the life of Dymphna on each panel. But it is not only the iconography of the masterpiece that is surprising. For more than three years, the panels were subjected to an extensive conservation treatment by the conservators of The Phoebus Foundation. They discovered even more extraordinary stories, which had been hidden for centuries under layers of dust and dirt. 

In the fourth episode of Phoebus Focus, Sven Van Dorst and Niels Schalley take you along their discoveries of the secrets of Dymphna and Goossen Van der Weyden. (in Dutch)

Would you like to admire the panels with your own eyes? Visit our Crazy about Dymphna exhibition!

Digital construction of Altarpiece with the Life of Saint Dymphna (1505)

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With Koen Fillet and Hildegard Van de Velde, curator of the Snijders&Rockox House Museum.

Never heard of Maerten De Vos (1532-1603)? In sixteenth-century Antwerp he may have been a superstar, but today his fame is far less than that of, for example, Peter Paul Rubens. In this episode, Hildegard Van de Velde, curator of the Snijders&Rockox House Museum, introduces you to this talented superstar and guides you through his masterpiece The Allegory of the Seven Liberal Arts.

Maerten De Vos, The Allegory of the Seven Liberal Arts, c.1560-90

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With Koen Fillet, Katrijn Van Bragt (Collection Consultant) and Sven Van Dorst (Chief Conservator) of The Phoebus Foundation

The Study of a Young Woman (c.1649-1659) by the Brussels artist Michaelina Wautier appears at first sight to be an ordinary study. Nothing could be further from the truth! A look into the details and behind the layers of paint reveals great secrets of this forgotten important artist. Not only her striking life itself but also the intriguing work raises many questions. Who is the woman depicted? How was the work created and what was its function? Thanks to recent technical research, it is possible to see the painter at work.

In this second episode of Phoebus Focus, Katrijn Van Bragt and Sven Van Dorst take you behind the paint layers of Study of a Young Woman and discover the secrets of one of the most extraordinary artists.

Michaelina Wautier, Study of a Young Woman, c.1649-59
‘Study of a Young Woman’ 180° turned, MA-XRF-scanning for mercury (Hg)

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With Koen Fillet and Sven Van Dorst, head of conservation at The Phoebus Foundation studio

In the seventeenth century, the Jesuit Daniel Seghers must have been something of a pop star. He worked with Peter Paul Rubens, Cornelis Schut, Gonzales Coques and Erasmus II Quellinus. The highest-ranking nobles queued up for his flower still lifes. Studying his work opens up a whole new world. Years of extensive and remarkable technological-material research sheds light on the past and present. It allows us to literally look through the layers of paint, over the artist’s shoulder.

In this first episode of Phoebus Focus, Sven Van Dorst takes you into the wonderful flower world of Daniël Seghers.

Daniël Seghers, Vase with Roses, Daffodils and Tulips, c.1630-40

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