Book Series Harvey Miller - Art History (Outside a Series)

Picturing Ludwig Burchard (1886-1960)

A Rubens Scholar in Art-Historiographical Perspective

Lieneke Nijkamp, Prisca Valkeneers, Koen Bulckens (eds)

  • Pages: 164 p.
  • Size:180 x 265 mm
  • Illustrations:56 b/w, 1 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2015

  • ISBN: 978-1-909400-20-7
  • Paperback
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"Burchard’s meticulously collected material and photographs still is a milestone for the Rubensforschung. This book is the result of an international study day held at the Rubenianum on December 6, 2013, to celebrate its 50th anniversary." (Veronika Kopecky, in: Historians of Netherlandish Art Review of Books, September 2015,


This book is the result of the international study day held on 6 December 2013 to celebrate the Rubenianum 50th anniversary.

In 1963 a ship landed at the port of Antwerp carrying the specialized library and photo archive of the eminent Rubens scholar Ludwig Burchard. Ever since, the Rubenianum has been able to pride itself on this important legacy and to expand it in order to become the internationally renowned study centre for sixteenth- and seventeenth century Flemish art it is today.

The proceedings aim to contextualize and to bring to light the man who stood at the beginning of the Rubenianum collection. What is his role within Rubens research? What characterizes the documentation he left us? How might he have operated when compared to his peers? Who was Ludwig Burchard?


Philip Heylen

Véronique Van de Kerckhof

Editors’ Preface

Dr Ludwig Burchard (1886–1960) and his Role in the Study of Rubens and Seventeenth-Century Flemish Art
Frans Baudouin

Bibliography of Ludwig Burchard

Interview with Anne Olivier Bell: Assistant to Ludwig Burchard 1939–41

Ludwig Burchard and Rubensforschung
Hans Vlieghe

Axis and Allies: Ludwig Burchard’s Network During the Second World War
Prisca Valkeneers

The Rubens Exhibition at Wildenstein’s, London, 1950
Christopher White

On the Record(s): Burchard’s Material Legacy
Lieneke Nijkamp

A Brief History of the Catalogue Raisonné
Koen Bulckens

‘Good old Max’: the German Art Historian Max J. Friedländer (1867–1958), Contemporary of Ludwig Burchard
Suzanne Laemers

‘Empathy and deep understanding’: Fritz Grossmann (1902–84) and his Bruegel Archive at the Rubenianum
Hilde Cuvelier

Epilogue: ‘Aufmerksamkeit nicht immer gleichmäßig’
Bert Watteeuw

Author biographies

Photo credits