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Symposium Giusto di Gand Reconsidered

On the occasion of the 550th anniversary of the Communion of the Apostles (Urbino, Palazzo Ducale), scholars from all over the world will convene in Rome and Urbino to reconsider the oeuvre attributed to its enigmatic Flemish painter, recorded as Giusto di Gand in Urbino and likely synonymous with the Ghent painter Joos van Wassenhove.

Date and time
13 May 2024 13:30 - 15 May 2024 18:00
Rome and Urbino

There is no better place to discuss new thoughts and theories about this painter than Urbino, the home of the painter’s principal work of reference. The attributed works will be studied in depth and discussed within the broader context of panel and manuscript painting in Ghent and of the arts at the ducal court Federico da Montefeltro in Urbino.


In 2020-2021, the Calvary Triptych (Ghent, Saint Bavo's cathedral), a painting from the 15th century, was restored by the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage in Brussels, Belgium. This was the starting point for an international research project on the works of art of the mysterious painter to whom this triptych is traditionally attributed: Justus van Gent. The painter established a career at the humanist court of Federico da Montefeltro in Urbino, Italy, where in 1473-1474 he painted his famous Communion of the Apostles (Urbino, Palazzo Ducale), one of the largest Flemish paintings. Also attributed to this master is a painting depicting the Adoration of the Magi (New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art).


The relationships between these three major works by Justus van Gent – the Calvary Triptych, the Communion of the Apostles and the Adoration of the Magi – were re-examined. The research involved using new scientific imagery techniques, such as infrared reflectography, radiography and macro-XRF analyses. Interdisciplinary research of the triptych led to the discovery of a fourth painting, the Siege of Jerusalem (Ghent, Museum of Fine Arts), which once served as a predella under the triptych in Ghent. The elongated panel is attributed to the Vienna Master of Mary of Burgundy and sheds new light on the interaction between Flemish painters and miniaturists.

Giusto di Gand Reconsidered. An International Symposium Presenting New Research on his Attributed Oeuvre

Where? Rome and Urbino

When? 13-15 May 2024

Program and Registration:

Deadline for registration ends 31 March 2024.

Places are limited.


Scientific direction

In collaboration with:
Academia Belgica, Rome
Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino
Confraternita del Corpus Domini & Oratorio di San Giovanni Battista
International Union of Institutes of Archaeology, History and Art History in Rome
InArtS - Digital Humanities and Arts Sources for Urbino Renaissance
Brepols Publishers

With the generous support of:

Government of Flanders
Caretto & Occhinegro
Belgian Federal Science Policy (Belspo)
Embassy of Belgium in Rome
Comune di Urbino

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