Tracing Bosch and Bruegel – Four Paintings Magnified is an exciting pan-European art detective scenario involving technical art history and conservation. The project will provide both a skills-exchange for professionals in the field, and a publicly focused new interactive media platform with an emphasis on reaching young people – and all in the context of explaining the complex process involved in understanding the making and meaning of our common cultural heritage and its preservation.

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Bosch & Bruegel. Four Paintings Magnified

22.10.2011–04.03.2012, Kadriorg Art Museum

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Find 10 Differences!

By examining four almost identical paintings, and finding the similarities and differences, children will learn about the stories paintings tell and the surprises that may be found under the painting’s surface.


In the Footsteps of the Great Masters

Based on the example of the four paintings, the museum class will discuss the cycle of stories and symbols, the production of art and the modern opportunities for researching art. The programme combines individual and group work; the participants can also independently search for information and interpret it. 


Bosch & Bruegel: the Hidden Side

In the works of Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel the Elder, as well as in the works of their followers, we can find topics that are still under discussion today: Christianity and Islam, cosmopolitanism and xenophobia, and the relationship between spiritual and material values. In the course of the programme, the content of the paintings will be analysed and the methods of modern technical art history will be introduced. A joint project will be completed by the end of the class. The project will attempt to express the examined topics in today’s pictorial language.


21–25 November 2011 at the Kadriorg Art Museum and Kumu Art Museum

Instructors: Dr. Jørgen Wadum and Mikkel Sharff (Denmark); Dr. Erma Hermens (Great Britain)

Working language: English

Estonian Academy of Arts seminar for PhD students on the possibilities of technical art history and its meaning for modern art science. The seminar will unite PhD students from two areas of specialisation: art history and conservation.


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