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Antwerp as a European Print Factory

Research Conference: 2 June - 4 June 2019

Since the Middle Ages Antwerp developed into a flourishing metropolis and became an important center for economy, trade, culture and art. The multitude of printers and publishers, and the numerous artists contributed significantly to the importance of this Belgian port on the river Scheldt, both nationally and internationally. What traces have they left in Antwerp? And how did Antwerp‘s influence affect the world of images in Europe? These questions will be explored during this year‘s conference of the Forum BildDruckPapier, and participants will be challenged to discuss these topics and exchange their ideas in Antwerp, the „European print factory“.

The conference is organised by the Forum BildDruckPapier in cooperation with the Antwerp research institutes Rubenianum and Ruusbroecgenootschap (University of Antwerp).


  • Sunday 2 June: Opening of the conference and reception at Sint-Andrieskerk
  • Monday 3 June: Conference at Rubenianum
  • Tuesday 4 June: Excursions in Antwerp (Plantin-Moretus Museum, Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library, Ruusbroec Institute and Cathedral)

Registration deadline is 8 April 2019.

For more detailed information, please see

<em>View of Antwerp</em> from <em>Civitates orbis terrarum</em>, vol. 1, Braun and Hogenberg, Cologne, ca. 1575

View of Antwerp from Civitates orbis terrarum, vol. 1, Braun and Hogenberg, Cologne, ca. 1575