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

  • 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

  • Kendra Grimmett – BAEF/Rubenianum Fellow 2018-2019, University of Pennsylvania

Phd project: The Heroic Male Nude and the Embodied Viewer around 1600

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

Phd project: An artistic large-scale project as career stepping-stone? The joyous entry of the Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Spain 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

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.


Abigail D. Newman
Princeton University, Department of Art and Archaeology, PhD Candidate
BAEF Fellow 2013-2016

'The phenomenal library and archival collections of the Rubenianum have been of critical use to me.'

'Being welcomed into this vibrant and dynamic art historical community has been a wonderful experience. The many conferences, workshops, and lectures organized by the Rubenianum are attended by scholars from near and far, enabling me to engage with a wide array of colleagues whose work and interests intersect with my own.'


Sarah Joan Moran
Postdoctoral research fellow, Swiss National Research Foundation 2013-2015

'Being based at the Rubenianum, with its outstanding library and visual archive, has been absolutely essential to the success of my research.'

'The collections and the collegial environment together make the Rubenianum, in my opinion, the single best place to conduct research on early modern Netherlandish art, and I am very grateful for the time I have been able to spend there.'


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.'