The new 'Flemish Primitives' website puts an important piece of Flemish cultural heritage in the international spotlight. The website informs both the interested layman and the expert art historian about painting in the Burgundian Low Countries from Jan van Eyck to Quinten Massijs. 'Flemish primitives | An online museum' is an initiative by the Flemish Art Collection (Vlaamse Kunstcollectie vzw (VKC)), an umbrella organisation that stimulates collaboration between the various art collections in Flanders and the international promotion of these collections.
In addition to the Flemish Primitives, it also shows collections from the established partner museums: the KMSKA, MSK and the Groeninge Museum, the collections from museum M in Leuven, Mayer van den Bergh in Antwerp and the Memling in Sint-Jan’s Hospital in Bruges, along with the collections from St Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent and St Salvator's Cathedral in Bruges. Thanks to collaboration with Lukas, Art in Flanders it is possible to zoom in quite closely on most of the works so that the perfection of the Primitives' painting technique is apparent. In most of the multi-panel works one can view each panel separately. Detail photos are also taken of the most important works. The Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in the Burgundian Netherlands at the Bruges museums and the Centre for the Study of Flemish Primitives at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK) are responsible for guaranteeing the scientific and art historical correctness of the information provided.
The new website makes it very easy to surf from page of detail to the next. Users who wish to order an image or reproduction will be guided directly to the appropriate page of Lukas, Art in Flanders. Twenty-six domain names with various country extensions have been reserved so that the website will be easily found in different language regions.