The Rubenianum offers special facilities to professional researchers who are affiliated with an academic institution and who are working on Flemish art of the 16th and 17th centuries.

What is a research residency?

The Rubenianum supports guest researchers to conduct their research on 16th-century and 17th-century Flemish art and culture. The researcher will share an office and all its facilities with other guest researchers, enjoy free access to the collections, and will be able to attend or organize symposia and lectures at the Rubenianum.

Research residents are encouraged to take an active part in the work of the research community, which includes the staff of the Rubens House, and to contribute to the centre’s ongoing research projects. Rubenianum staff advise and assist guest researchers and provide them with letters of introduction to other institutions where necessary. Guest researchers can also present their research at inter-university seminars in Leuven and Ghent.


Who can apply for a research residency?

PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and professors affiliated with an academic institution are eligible to apply for a research residency.


Practical points

For more information, e-mail or call +32 (0)3 201 1577.


Current guest researchers

  • Dr. Marina Daiman – BAEF/Rubenianum Fellow 2019-2020, Independent Scholar

Research project, working title: Rubens Reinventing Rubens

  • Suzanne Duff – Brown University/UAntwerpen

Phd project: The Antwerp Saint Luke’s Guild: Its Impact on Artistic Production and Identity, 1556-1663

  • Dr. Teresa Esposito – Universiteit Gent, guest researcher at the Rubenianum until the end of June 2019

Postdoctoral research project: Phantasiaand inventio:bridging philosophy and art theory in early modern Low Countries

  • Sabrina Lind – Universiteit Gent/Università degli Studi di Verona/FWO Vlaanderen

Phd project: Early Modern Project Management for the Decorations of the Cardinal-Infant Ferdinand of Spain's Joyous Entry into Antwerp (1635)

  • Dr. Petra Maclot – KU Leuven/FWO Vlaanderen

Postdoctoral research project: Houses and Studios of Visual Artists in Ancien Régime Antwerp


Statements by past guest researchers


Kendra Grimmett

PhD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania, Rubenianum Fellow 2018-2019

"Working at the Rubenianum shaped and enriched my dissertation in record time.  As a Fellow, the vast collection of specialized publications and archives were as easily accessible as a personal library. Just outside my office, I walked into the stacks and found every book in my preliminary bibliography, as well as rare items that I discovered during my time in Antwerp. Remarkably, when a book was not part of the collection, but related to the work of the institution, the librarians purchased a copy for my use. 

One of the most valuable aspects of working at the Rubenianum is becoming part of its community of scholars. My project and I were greeted with warmth and enthusiasm. After presenting an overview of my research goals to my Rubenianum colleagues, I received thoughtful feedback and helpful suggestions. I am immensely grateful for the generosity and support of the Rubenianum and my fellow fellows who became my friends." 


Adam S. Eaker

Assistant Curator in The Department of European Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 
BAEF Fellow 2012-2013

'Even with the digitalization of books there are still many old periodicals and monographs, including works from the eighteenth and the nineteenth century, that I have only ever been able to access here in this collection.'

'For someone in my field the Rubenianum is legendary. It has been amazing to me working here how the names that were just legends for me are people I encounter at the water cooler or making a cup of coffee and get to talk to now on a day-to-day basis about my research.'

Adam S. Eaker relates his experiences at the Rubenianum in a video clip.


Aaron Hyman

UC Berkeley, History of Art Department, PhD Candidate
BAEF Fellow 2015-2016

'To list the ways that being affiliated with the Rubenianum has streamlined my work would be to sell this experience short. For it has enabled a speed and efficiency of research that I hadn’t known was possible. Even coming from US institutions with incredibly rich libraries, it was hard for me to imagine a place that has virtually everything published (and many times not even published) on my topics of inquiry; in turn, I have accomplished research that might have taken several days and weeks in the States in the space of an afternoon with a stack of books shelved steps away from my desk.'

'The Rubenianum’s prominent standing as a meeting point for both Belgian and international art historical audiences has made it an ideal venue from which to take the temperature of the field of Flemish art history. There is no other institution that so perfectly positions a young academic to meet major scholars in the field, to benefit from seeing specialists in conversation and debate, and to compare art histories practiced in the US and in Europe.'