|For several centuries there were two main artistic traditions in Europe: that of Italy and that of the Low Countries. Italian artists were thought to be more successful in representing the human body, while the Dutch and Flemish were seen as unrivalled masters in realistic landscape painting.|
Following in the footsteps of the many Northern artists who visited Italy, from Rogier van der Weyden to the present day, the Institute researches the rich tradition of exchange and mutual influences between these two great schools of artistic production.
| || ||Throughout the years of its existence the Institute has promoted scholarly research on a great number of individual artists and on general issues such as:|
- Collecting and collections of Netherlandish art in Italy
- Dutch and Flemish artists at the service of popes, Italian princes and other patrons
- Flemish tapestries in Italian public collections
- Caravaggism in Northern Europe and in Italy