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New Open Access Journal on Van Dyck and Jordaens Published

The Jordaens Van Dyck Panel Paintings Project announced the publication of a new open-access journal dedicated to the panel paintings of the Flemish artists Jacob Jordaens and Anthony van Dyck. The four-part series will publish the wide-ranging, scholarly findings of the international and multidisciplinary Jordaens Van Dyck Panel Paintings Project (JVDPPP).

The first issue is now free to view online and will be made available to print on demand through jordaensvandyck.org/journal. The publication is accompanied by the online launch of the Summary Catalogues of the Van Dyck and Jordaens panels examined by the project (see below). This online expansion publishes over 500 high-resolution photos and includes multidisciplinary research data of more than 250 panel paintings. The journal and expanded website have been designed to be complementary resources.

Cover of the first Jordaens Van Dyck Journal

This first issue introduces the methodologies of the JVDPPP and shares the first tranche of its findings. The publication is edited by Dr. Emily Burns and has been designed to explore the panel paintings of Jordaens and Van Dyck through focusing on the different disciplines the project employs: dendrochronology, analysis of panel marks, archival research, stylistic and iconographic analysis and connoisseurship.

The Jordaens Van Dyck Journal is made possible by the Fonds Baillet Latour with the support of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and the University of Amsterdam. Three further issues will follow in September, November 2021 and January 2022, containing new research and new discoveries on Van Dyck, Jordaens and their contemporaries.

Summary Catalogues

In conjunction with the launch of the Jordaens and Van Dyck Journal, the project also published summary catalogues of the panel paintings by Van Dyck and Jordaens examined by the Project, including works by their studios and copies, through an expansion on the project’s website jordaensvandyck.org. The new section on the website serves as a permanent resource for information and further scholarship into Jordaens, Van Dyck and seventeenth-century Flemish panel paintings.

About 250 examined paintings are presented in a multidisciplinary context combining data from analyzing the reverses of the panels, archival research, and dendrochronology. Each entry offers a wealth of information such as the most recent published attribution, available literature and known provenance of the artwork. The entries are accompanied by a bibliography for each cited source. All paintings are displayed with high-resolution images of the front and back of the panel in addition to detailed photos of guild marks, panel maker marks, inscriptions and labels (if present). If dendrochronological examination of the panel was possible, the results for each plank are presented by approximate felling dates, the origin of the wood and the number of tree rings.