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Sacha Zdanov

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2023 Seminar

From 7 to 10 March 2023, the Foundation welcomed two experts in stained glass, Isabelle Lecocq (IRPA) and Yvette van den Bemden (UNamur), who discussed diverse aspects related to the production and conservation of stained glass (historical evolution, commissions, techniques etc.). New avenues of research were presented, in particular with regard to the connections between stained glass and the paintings of Hugo van der Goes and Pieter Coecke van Aelst, the study of preparatory drawings (small-scale drawings, cartoons, etc.), and the iconographic study of small medallion panels and rondels. A particularly difficult question addressed during the seminar concerned the authenticity of the attribution of stained glass, which is complicated, since no stained glass window has been transmitted without alteration.

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Tapestry cartoons in Brussels in the 16th century

The Périer-D’Ieteren Foundation recently acquired the digital documentation of Louise Longneaux’ PhD dissertation on Tapestry cartoons in 16th-century Brussels (unfinished due to private reasons). All research material and photographs collected are now available to scholars who envision new research on this topic.

In this way, the Foundation, which also holds the extensive archive of Sophie Schneebalg-Perelman (available upon request), hopes to stimulate new interest in the field of tapestry.

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Funding Opportunities \ Publication Grant

Applications for the Publication Grant are now open. Applications must be received by 30 September 2022.

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Ukraine / SOS Children’s Villages

The Périer-D’Ieteren Foundation felt it was of the greatest importance to come to the people of Ukraine’s aid amidst the unspeakable suffering inflicted on them by the war. After careful consideration, the Foundation has decided on a targeted support and granted a substantial donation of € 100.000,- to SOS Children’s Villages.

Immediately after the start of the invasion, SOS Children’s Villages launched an emergency aid plan for several thousand children and families who are already receiving assistance from a SOS programme in Ukraine: children living in foster families, with distant relatives, in boarding schools or institutions. The aim is to prevent family separation, ensure that children who end up alone receive proper care and protection, and try to reunite families. The emergency aid plan is also about providing immediate assistance, distributing food and basic goods, offering psychosocial support and relocating children who are exposed to danger. The goal of SOS Children’s Villages emergency aid is also to help exiled children and families from Ukraine through the support of SOS organisations in neighbouring countries, such as Poland and Romania. Finally, in the longer run, families will need help to recover and start rebuilding their lives.

We have supported SOS Children’s Villages’ work for a long time and know that the financial aid will be distributed and monitored efficiently and judiciously.

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Call for applications \ Doctoral Fellowship

Applications for the 2021 Doctoral Fellowship are now open. Applications must be received by 30 June 2021.

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Call for applications / Postdoctoral research fellowship

Submission deadline : 31 March 2021

The Périer-D’Ieteren Foundation grants its support to a European visiting researcher at a Belgian university, to carry out postdoctoral research in the fields of art history or conservation-restoration under the supervision of a member of the university’s teaching staff. The grant will be awarded for a period of three to six months. The Foundation also offers selected researchers complimentary accommodation on its premises for the duration of the fellowship.

The application form can be completed either in English or in French : Link.

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Library Collections: Auction Catalogues

The library of the Périer-D’Ieteren Foundation, which already held an important collection of catalogues from auction houses and art galleries dating from the late 20th century to the present, has just been enriched by catalogues of Christie’s and Sotheby’s Old Master Paintings sales since the 1980s, from the personal collection of Roland de Lathuy.

This collection, of capital importance for research in art history, is accessible by appointment, from Monday to Thursday between 09:00-12:00 and 13:00-17:00, and is in the process of being inventoried in the online catalogue of the ULB’s Human Sciences Library (link).

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Re-opening of the library

The Foundation’s library has reopened.

The library is open to the public from Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., by appointment only. There is free access to books and articles. For the image library and archives, please indicate the reason for your visit in advance to facilitate your research.


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Erasme Fund / ULB Foundation

The Périer-D’Ieteren Foundation has decided to grant financial aid to the project set up by Yvon Englert, the Rector of the Université libre de Bruxelles, and Professor Jean-Michel Hougardy.

More information.