Library and archives



The Foundation’s library covers a wide range of artistic subjects, with a special focus on 15th- to 18th-century paintings, sculptures and tapestries from the Southern Netherlands. The library also has special holdings dedicated to the technical study of artworks and their conservation and restoration, as well as an important collection of catalogues from auction houses and art galleries dating from the late 20th century to the present, including catalogues of Christie’s and Sotheby’s Old Master Paintings sales since the 1980s. The image library holds an important collection of photographs, particularly of Flemish paintings, Brabant altarpieces and mural paintings. The archives contain a wide range of documents from studies carried out by Catheline Périer-D’Ieteren, Paul Philippot and Sophie Schneebalg-Perelman in the fields of art history and conservation-restoration.

Research tools: library

The books of the Foundation’s library can be looked up in the online catalogue of the human sciences library of the Université libre de Bruxelles (CIBLE).

Thematic lists of publications

Research tools: archives

Please note: the archives of Paul Philippot and Catheline Périer-D’Ieteren are currently being inventoried. They are however accessible for consultation on request.


Next to the books, photographs and archives donated by Catheline Périer-D’Ieteren, this specialized documentation is the result of donations made to the Foundation of library and archive funds having belonged, in particular, to:

  • Paul Philippot
  • Jean-Luc Pypaert
  • Roland de Lathuy
  • Sophie Schneebalg-Perelman
  • Lucien Basch
  • Ms. Mercenier

Our warmest thanks go to these donors for their generous contributions to the Foundation’s library holdings.


The library and archives are open to the public from Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 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.

Contact us (link).
Address: Rue de Livourne 41, 1050 Brussels.