April 25 2010 - Open day

On the occasion of the ‘Erfgoeddag' (cultural heritage day) 2010 ‘Fake?', the Davidsfonds and the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage are hosting a unique event on the theme of counterfeit art.

The event presents the research on two paintings by master art forger-restorer Jef Van der Veken: the copy of the Just Judges (the famous stolen panel from Van Eyck's Adoration of the Lamb), and the Mary Magdalene from the Renders collection, after Rogier Van der Weyden. A visit to the painting restoration workshop, the scientific imagery service with infrared and X-ray apparatus and the paint analysis laboratory offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of art forgery and its unmasking. This intriguing story of hyper-restoration, false craquelures and hidden inscriptions reveals the darkest, most hidden facets of one of the masters of imitation of Flemish Primitives. We will also present some of our methods of authentication in other fields, ranging from medieval bone relics to modern paintings. Children will be given a small booklet to accompany their visit.

Rendez-vous on Sunday April 25 from 10 am until 5 pm in the buildings of IRPA/KIK - Free entrance