Rijmbijbel of Jacob van Maerlant

"Rijmbijbel" of Jacob van Maerlant (Brussels, KBR, ms. 15001)

In collaboration with Lieve Watteeuw (KU Leuven – Illuminare) and the laboratories of KIK-IRPA, the Manuscripts Department and the conservation studio of the Royal Library of Belgium have started an integrated research project on the material characteristics of the "Rijmbijbel" of Jacob van Maerlant, one of the most important Dutch authors of the Middle Ages.

The Brussels codex is considered as the oldest illustrated manuscript in the Dutch language. Since 2016, it is undergoing an intensive conservation treatment, supported by the Manoël de la Serna Fund of the King Baudouin Foundation. With scientific imaging (the micro-dome, the Hirox 3D binocular) and through XRF mapping, the project will reveal detailed information on production characteristics of this important 13th century manuscript and support the conservation treatment.

Supervisor

Dr. Bernard Bousmanne: bernard.bousmanne@kbr.be

Scientific coordination

Dr. Ann Kelders: ann.kelders@kbr.be

Restaurations and conservation

Tatiana Gersten: tatiana.gersten@kbr.be