Summer Course for the Study of the Arts in Flanders

Young art historians immerse themselves in Flemish art

The International Summer Course for the Study of the Arts in Flanders is an initiative set up jointly by universities and museums in Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels, Ghent and Leuven.

A ten-day course on Flemish art  

Every year, the Summer Course brings together a group of highly qualified young researchers from Flanders and many countries around the world for an intensive 10-day program of lectures, debates and visits. Each year the focus is on a different period and a different theme. The participants are introduced to the relevant Flemish art collections, libraries, archives, research centers, research methods and research needs. The course is conducted in English.


2016 course: ‘The Age of Rubens in Context’

The second Summer Course will be held in Antwerp on 20 to 29 June 2016 and will focus on the art of Rubens and his contemporaries. The program will be drawn up by the Rubenianum and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, Antwerp.


Participants’ reactions 

Here are a few of the comments made by those who attended the first Summer Course ‘The Age of Van Eyck in Context’, which took place in Bruges in 2015. 

  • 'A phenomenal learning experience.'
  • 'I have made new connections and found new colleagues.'
  • 'The amount of activities and breadth of subject matter was impressive, as was the overall logistic organization.'
  • 'The Summer Course will have a tremendous impact on my own research and on future teaching.'
  • 'A chance to learn from and communicate with renowned scholars in a very direct way. A very inspiring experience.'



The Summer Course for the Study of the Arts in Flanders is jointly organized by the Rubenianum, the Flemish Art Collection, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Antwerp, the Groeningemuseum in Bruges, University of Ghent, KU Leuven, the Flemish research centre for the arts in the Burgundian Netherlands and the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK/IRPA) (contentpartner).

With the support of the Flemish Government and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.