Sven obtained a master’s degree in conservation and restoration at the Royal Academy/University of Antwerp. After working at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, he completed his training at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, a department of Cambridge University, where he carried out extensive research into the materials and techniques of Flemish painters of still lifes such as Daniel Seghers, Jan Van Kessel and Jan Davidsz. De Heem. In 2016 he founded the conservation studio of The Phoebus Foundation. As head of the studio, Sven assembled a team of passionate conservators and conservation scientists who manage the Foundation’s collection on a daily basis. Among the paintings he has treated are masterpieces by Peter Paul Rubens, Jacob Jordaens, Anthonis Mor, Michaelina Wautier and Gustave van de Woestyne. Between 2017 and 2020, Sven led the research and conservation project of the monumental Dymphna altarpiece by Goossen Van der Weyden. For more information please click on Biography.

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A.B. De Quertenmont - Copie after P.P. Rubens - 18th century (courtesy of Saint-James Church, Antwerp)

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Unknown Flemish/Dutch Master - Roman Landscape - 17th century (Private Collection)

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Dimpna Altarpiece

Restoration of the Dimpna Altarpiece by Goossen Van der Weyden 1505 © The Phoebus Foundation

The Holy Family

Restoration of The Holy Family by Jacob Jordaens ©The Phoebus Foundation