CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

Flemish and Dutch masters in the Brukenthal collection in Sibiu

Symposium: 18 October 2007

This summer, the art and heritage magazine Openbaar Kunstbezit in Vlaanderen dedicated a themed issue to the fascinating art collection of the eighteenth century collector Samuel von Brukenthal (1721-1803) in Sibiu / Hermannstadt (Romania).

Of the 1,200 paintings in the collection, nearly 500 of them are by Flemish and Dutch masters, including no lesser names than van Eyck, Jordaens and Brueghel. Along with these paintings, an enormous library and coin collection are also included in the collection.

On the occasion of this publication, the magazine is organising a study day, in collaboration with the University of Ghent’s Art Sciences department and CODART, about this intriguing collection. During the “Flemish and Dutch Masters in the Brukenthal collection in Sibiu, several national and international experts will take an in-depth look at the Brukenthal collection.


9.00 – 09.30 Welcome

9.30 Prof. Dr. Maximiliaan Martens, Professor of Art History at Ghent University “Introduction”

9.45 Jan De Maere, Director of the Documentation Centre for Flemish Art Heritage: “Flemish Masters in the Brukenthal collection”

10.30 Break

10.45 Drs. Peter van den Brink, Director of the City Museums Aachen: “Size matters: Jacob Backer in the Brukenthal collection”

12.15 Lunch

13.15 Jan De Maere, “Flemish and German influences in today’s Transylvania”

14.00 Prof. Dr. Maximiliaan Martens: “15th and 16th century paintings in the Brukenthal collection”

14.45 Prof. Dr. Sabin Adrian Luca, Director of the National Brukenthal Museum Sibiu: “The presentation of the Brukenthal National Museum 190 years after the public opening.”

15.30 Dr. Gerdien Verschoor, Director of Codart: “Cultural networking with Central Europe. The Sibiu case.”

16.15 Conclusion by His Excellency Dr. Ion Jinga, Romanian ambassador in Belgium

16.30 Reception / Cocktail

The study day “Flemish and Dutch Masters in the Brukenthal collection in Sibiu” will be held on 18 October 2007 at 9 am in “Het pand”, Onderbergen 1, in Ghent.

You can register via The cost price is EUR 10.00 or EUR 7.50 for students, OKV subscribers and CODART members.

For more information, contact Openbaar Kunstbezit in Vlaanderen NPO

Hofstraat 14

2000 Antwerp

Tel. 03 224 15 30 or