Online documentation


Online edition of the inventory of Ivo Bakelants

A unique tool is now available for those in search of information on Belgian stained-glass windows from the 19th and 20th centuries. Over the years and in a very methodical manner, artist and master glass maker Ivo Bakelants collected a wealth of information on the stained windows in our country. He had already published the first three parts of his research, an inventory of the letters A, B and C. Due to circumstances he couldn't resume publication, but luckily he and his wife Antonia Cools agreed to confy this extraordinary inventory to the KIK-IRPA for digitization and online publication.

Consult the inventory in Dutch or in French


E-book A Masterly Hand. Interdisciplinary Research on the Late-Medieval Sculptor(s) Master of Elsloo in an International Perspective

This 9th volume in the Scientia Artis series is available free of charge as an e-book, the first ever to be published by the KIK-IRPA. It gathers the results of two years of intensive interdisciplinary study of the Master of Elsloo, a group of late medieval woodcarvers working in the area of the current-day Meuse-Rhine Euregion. The e-book has additional features such as zoomable photos and a direct link between the inventory in the book and BALaT, the online database of the KIK-IRPA.

paper version of this book is available at the reception desk of the KIK-IRPA or via Brepols.


Closer to Van Eyck

The Ghent Altarpiece in 100 billion pixels

It is now possible to zoom into the intricate, breathtaking details of one of the most important works of art in the world. For the first time in the Ghent Altarpiece's history, viewers may peek under the work's paint surfaces by means of infrared reflectography (IRR) and x-radiography.

Dictionnaire des peintres belges



Dictionnaire des peintres belges


The Dictionnaire des peintres belges covers the lives and work of no less than 6300 painters, from Van Eyck to Wilchar and passing by Rubens and Rops; from well-known to rather obscure representatives of Belgian painting.





m228758_walRepertory of lithographers active in Belgium during the Holland period and the governement of Leopold I (1816-1865)

This repertory consists of a list of printer-lithographers, draughtsman-lithographers, producers of printing presses or lithographic machines, as well as producers of ink or paper for lithographic printing. Ordinary print traders aren't included. Both Belgians and foreigners active in Belgium or who were granted an importation patent make part of the list. The repertory will soon be merged with BALaT.





Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)

For many years now, IRPA-KIK collaborates with the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie, Flemish and Dutch museums and other heritage institutions on the translation in Dutch of the Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT). The AAT is a worldwide used instrument to make collections on the history of architecture, art and culture accessible. The Dutch-language AAT is a translation, including revisions, of the American AAT of the Getty Research Institute.




enables people to explore the digital resources of Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. It promotes discovery and networking opportunities in a multilingual space where users can engage, share in and be inspired by the rich diversity of Europe's cultural and scientific heritage. Currently more than 27.000 objects from IRPA-KIK's vast database are included in Europeana. Whether you find a celebrated work or a lesser known object, Europeana always connects you to the original source of the material so you can be sure of its authenticity.



Partage PlusPartage Plus

This website - currently under construction - will give access to 75 000 objects in Art nouvau style (jewelry, posters, furniture, stained-glass windows, ceramics, architecture...). Several hundreds of the photographs come from IRPA-KIK's photo library.




C14 Registration and database

Database with radiocarbon datings by the KIK-IRPA 

This database, which is constantly expanded, contains the results of all the radiocarbon datings and measurements of stable isotopes carried out by the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA). The same interface is used to enter samples to be dated (but you also have to send us an official order form).







Vade-Mecum: glass

The Vade-Mecum pour la protection et l'entretien du patrimoine artistique has been designed as a guide cultural objects' managers can use. It discusses the problem around the conservation of works of art in a natural environment and suggests relaistic solutions. You can consult the chapter Le verre, principes de conservation, d'exposition et d'entretien (Glass, theories of conservation, exposition and maintenance) online.





Van der Weyden - Bibliography on line

The Flemish Primitives

The Centre for the Study of the Flemish Primitives presents a database on fifteenth-century painting in the Southern Netherlands and the Prince-Bishopric of Liège. Available in English, it is classified per author, place of conservation and subject.