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The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA) is a public scientific institution of the Government of Flanders. With its vast collection of art, it is a leading research centre in the field of Flemish cultural heritage.

Studying the collection pieces and their history is one of the museum’s core assignments.
The findings of this research are recorded in the collection catalogue, a scientific instrument that is essential to various aspects of the museum’s activities, including acquisitions, conservation and restoration, collection access, education and presentations.
Four specific lines of research supplement this fundamental work. A first area of study is the origin of the exquisite museum collection. Second, systematic research is conducted into the unique Peter Paul Rubens subcollection. More recently, a research programme has been launched into the work of James Ensor, an artist of whom KMSKA possesses the world’s largest collection. And last but not least, the museum publishes a scientific annual. This and other museum publications, alongside the institution’s involvement in training programmes and other collaborations, form the spearhead of KMSKA’s knowledge dissemination

James Ensor, Skeleton Painting, 1896, oil on canvas, 37.7 x 46, KMSKA inv. no. 3112 (detail)

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Newsflash: A painter’s palette can tell us a great deal about the artist’s painterly approach. In this article, restorer Karen Bonne compares a number of real palettes in the museum collection with palettes represented in paintings by, among others, James Ensor. This, too, can yield interesting insights.

Portrait of one of the museum's researchers

Meet the researchers of KMSKA.
 

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A researcher is studting one of Rubens' paintings

The museum possesses around thirty paintings and oil sketches by Rubens.

The museum's Rubens research focuses on all of the collection pieces by or attributed to the Master.

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