Project Cornelia

is a hybrid research engine bridging art history and computer science. We study 17th-century Flemish tapestry and painting by using and developing datasets, data retrieval tools and data visualization tools. In doing so, we also try to understand and facilitate the dialog between the humanities scholar and the computer.

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K. Brosens, B. Cardoso and F. Truyen ‘Slow Digital Art History and KUbism: Or, Situation Awareness and the Promise of Open-World Games’. in K. Brown, The Routledge Companion to Digital Humanities and Art History, New York (Routledge), 2020, Chapter 5 (13 pp.).

May 2020



K. Brosens ‘Des vérités contrariantes? Les tapisseries, des performances et des oeuvres multiples’. Perspective. Actualité en histoire de l'art (2019), pp. 195-202. PDF icon

Dec 2019


K. Brosens, R.J. Beerens, B. Cardoso, F. Truyen ‘The Brussels guild of painters, goldbeaters, and stained-glass makers, 1599–1706: A multi-faceted analysis’. Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte 82 (2019), pp. 531–553. PDF icon

Nov 2019


K. Brosens and Y. Maes De Wit ‘Tapestry Production & Conservation. 125 Years De Wit Royal Manufacturers of Tapestry’. London (Harvey Miller) 2019.

Aug 2019


R.J. Beerens ‘The Amsterdam Tapestry Producer Alexander Baert (1660-1719) and his Workshop: New Findings’. Textile History 50 (2019), pp. 41-54. PDF icon

May 2019


K. Brosens and A. Slegten ‘Benavides’s ‘Scipio’ ensemble and collaborative entrepreneurial action in Brussels tapestry around 1660’. The Burlington Magazine 161 (2019), pp. 112-119. PDF icon

Feb 2019


K. Brosens, J. Aerts, K. Alen, R.J. Beerens, B. Cardoso, I. De Prekel, A. Ivanova, H. Lamqaddam, G. Molenberghs, A. Slegten, F. Truyen, K. Van der Stighelen, K. Verbert ‘Slow Digital Art History in Action. Project Cornelia’s Computational Approach to 17th-Century Flemish Creative Communities’. Visual Resources (Special Issue on Digital Art History) 35 (2019), pp. 105–124. PDF icon

Feb 2019



K. Brosens ‘Not So Splendiferous Brussels Baroque Tapestry: Daniel Leyniers (1618-1688) Recovered’. Source: Notes in the History of Art (2018), pp. 24-34. PDF icon

Nov 2018


H. Lamqaddam, J. Aerts, K. Brosens and K. Verbert ‘NAHR: A Visual Representation of Social Networks as Support for Art History Research’. Papers of the 10th NordiCHI Conference (1–3 October 2018, Oslo), doi 10.1145/3240167.3240199. PDF icon

Oct 2018


Bruno Cardoso releases KUbism demo

Sep 2018


K. Brosens, K. Alen and A. Slegten ‘Claiming Commerce, Quality and Credit: Raisons d’être of the Antwerp and Brussels tapissierspanden (Sixteenth–Eighteenth Centuries)’. Textile History 49 (2018), pp. 5-21. PDF icon

Mar 2018



Cornelia welcomes 10.000th Actor

Nov 2017


R.J. Beerens ‘Coral. The interplay between social structure, collaboration and tapestry design (1600–1650) through formal art historical network research.’. Jaarboek de Zeventiende Eeuw (2017), pp. 167-170. PDF icon

Sep 2017


K. Brosens and A. Slegten ‘Creativity and disruption in Brussels tapestry, 1698–1706: New data on Jan van Orley and Judocus de Vos’. The Burlington Magazine 159 (2017), pp. 528–535. PDF icon

Jul 2017


K. Brosens, J. Aerts, K. Alen, A. Slegten and F. Truyen ‘Visualizing and Analyzing Complex and Dynamic Networks of Flemish Tapestry Entrepreneurs 1640–1720’. Leonardo. Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology 50 (2017), pp. 503–503. PDF icon

May 2017


Klara Alen presents her PhD dissertation on networks in 17th-century Antwerp tapestry worlds (26 April)

Apr 2017



K. Brosens, K. Alen, A. Slegten and F. Truyen ‘MapTap and Cornelia. Foundations of a slow digital art history and formal art historical social network research’. Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte 79 (2016), pp. 315–330. PDF icon

Sep 2016


K. Brosens, K. Alen and A. Slegten ‘In de praktijk. Het Vlaamse wandtapijt in 50 verhalen’. Leuven (Davidsfonds) 2016.

Apr 2016


Cornelia welcomes 4000th actor

Feb 2016



K. Brosens ‘Les manufactures royales et la loi du marché. La tapisserie à Paris et à Beauvais’. Revue de l’Art 190 (2015), pp. 29–38. PDF icon

Dec 2015


Cornelia welcomes 3000th actor

Sep 2015


A. Slegten and K. Brosens ‘Searching for Emotions. Brussels Painter Maximiliaan de Hase (1713–1780), Brussels Tapestry Producer Daniel Leyniers (1705–1770) and the Early Loss of Children’. in H. Magnus and K. Van der Stighelen (eds.), Facts and Feelings. Retracing Emotions of Artists, 1600–1800, Turnhout (Brepols), 2015, pp. 61–74.

Jun 2015



The database is dubbed 'Cornelia'

Dec 2014


K. Brosens and G. Delmarcel ‘Raphael’s Acts of the Apostles, Italian officers of the Habsburg monarchy and the Leyniers tapestry workshop, 1725–1755’. The Burlington Magazine 156 (June 2014), pp. 376–381. PDF icon

Jun 2014


K. Brosens ‘Quality, risk and uncertainty and the market for Brussels tapestry, 1450–1750’. in N. De Marchi and S. Raux (eds.), Moving Pictures. Intra-European Trade in Images, 16th–18th Centuries, Turnhout (Brepols), 2014, pp. 19–36. PDF icon

Feb 2014



The 'MapTap' team starts to collect and model archival data on 17th-century Antwerp and Brussels tapestry producers and their families. The database is developed in Microsoft Access.

Jan 2013



K. Brosens ‘Can tapestry research benefit from economic sociology and Social Network Analysis?’. in K. Brosens, K. Van der Stighelen and L. Kelchtermans (eds.), Family Ties. Art Production and Kinship Patterns in the Early Modern Low Countries, Turnhout (Brepols), 2012, pp. 43–51.

Apr 2012