Mauritshuis Rediscovers Jan Steen Painting
The Mocking of Samson, a painting in the collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp (KMSKA), has been restored by the Mauritshuis in The Hague. The painting was temporarily loaned for the Jan Steen research project conducted by the Mauritshuis and Shell. After extensive research specialists concluded that the painting - long thought to have been an eighteenth-century copy after Jan...
Rubens’s Venus Frigida in Frankfurt
In 2016, the Venus Frigida by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) temporarily moved to the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The famous work (signed and dated 1614) from the collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp was restored on location there and afterwards received a prominent place in the exhibition Peter Paul Rubens. Kraft der Verwandlung (Peter Paul Rubens. The Power of...
21 Paintings from the KMSKA going to the Mauritshuis in The Hague
The Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp (KMSKA) is closed for renovations until 2019. For this reason, the museum's rich collection is placed on loan for various museums within and outside of Belgium. An important set of 21 paintings will soon be exhibited in the Mauritshuis in The Hague.
Already since July, the painting The Old Folks Sing, the Young Folks Chirp (1638) by Jacob...
Exhibition The Sky is the Limit. The landscape in the Low Countries
The Golden Cabinet continues at the Rockox House Museum until July 2nd. The museum will then close while renovation and extension work is carried out. The last ‘focus exhibition' in The Golden Cabinet series, The Sky is the Limit. The landscape in the Low Countries, opens on Saturday (March 25th). It presents the best sixteenth and seventeenth-century landscapes from the collections of the Royal...
New Van Dyck for the KMSKA
On 10 January, Sven Gatz unveiled a recently purchased oil painting by the Flemish Baroque master Anthony van Dyck. It is a work with a unique artistic value. It forms an especially nice addition to the collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp (KMSKA).
Recently, the ‘Topstukkenfonds' of the Flemish Community bought for the KMSKA a rare Studie van een oude man met baard in profiel...
Loan works for the Rubenshuis
High prices on the art market have ensured that museums in Belgium are scarcely able to still purchase masterpieces. For a few years now, the Rubenshuis in Antwerp is actively pursuing long-term loans from private or public collections. As such, the Rubenshuis has added seven paintings to its collection.
Van Dyck Self-Portrait
Recently, the unknown Self-Portrait by Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641)...
Exhibition Clara Peeters. Dinner is served!
Clara Peeters. Dinner is served! is the sixth focus exhibition within the Golden Cabinet presentation. Visitors to Antwerp's Rockox House get an impression of the opulence of the 17th century town houses of the city. Top pieces from Antwerp's Royal Museum of Fine Arts, currently closed for restoration, and the most important works from the Rockox House Museum transform this former burgomaster's...
Loan for the new KMSKA
For the re-opening of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp (KMSKA), the collections' presentation shall be enhanced with a number of unique works on loan. One of the loans, The Calumny of Apelles by Maerten De Vos, from a foreign private collection, has never before been exhibited. The public can already discover the work now in the Rubenshuis.
The Calumny of Apelles by Maerten De Vos (1532-...
Exhibition Hendrick De Clerck
Hendrick De Clerck (ca. 1560-1630) might best be described as Albert and Isabella's spin-doctor. This Brussels painter began his meteoric career as the court painter to Ernest of Austria and later to Archdukes Albert and Isabella. He painted an inspiring oeuvre under their patronage, ranging from impressive altarpieces to mythological paintings made in collaboration with Denijs Van Alsloot or Jan...
A new The Rubenianum Quarterly
A new The Rubenianum Quarterly recently appeared. The Rubenianum Quarterly is a digital newsletter. It publishes on the activities of the RubenianumFund, the Centre for Flemish Art of the 16th and 17th Centuries, the Rubens House (Rubenshuis) and the Rubenianum itself.
In the new Quarterly director Ben van Beneden writes about some important acquisitions for the Rubenshuis. You will also find...
Power Flower. Floral still lifes in the Low Countries
Power Flower. Floral still lifes in the Low Countries is the fifth focus exhibition within the Golden Cabinet presentation. Visitors to Antwerp's Rockox House get an impression of the opulence of the 17th century town houses of the city. Top pieces from Antwerp's Royal Museum of Fine Arts, currently closed for restoration, and the most important works from the Rockox House Museum transform this...
‘New’ Van Dyck for the Rubenshuis
Yesterday the Rubenshuis announced that it has a ‘new' Anthony van Dyck on loan. In addition to the small portrait of Clara Serena by Peter Paul Rubens, this is the second important loan in a short amount of time.
The priest Jamie MacLeod (Derbyshire, England) once purchased a painting for 500 euro. In the popular TV programme ‘Antiques Roadshow' (BBC), it was revealed to be an authentic Van...
Exhibition Teniers in Cassel
The Musée de Flandre in Cassel (France) presents an exhibition on David Teniers II (1610-1690). The focus is on Teniers as print artist and his genre art.
David Teniers II was an Antwerp painter, draftsman and print artist. He was the court painter of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm (1614-1662) and his work was quickly imitated and copied. Around 1630, Teniers made genre pieces that were strongly...
2 Kress grants for the international Summer Course
The Samuel H. Kress Foundation recently announced it offers 2 grants to US students and citizens. On September 23, several Flemish research centres, universities and art museums collaboratively launched the second edition of the Summer Course for the Study of the Arts in Flanders.
The second edition of the summer course is entitled 'The Age of Rubens in Context' and takes place from June 19...
Flemish art institutions and universities launch the second edition of the Summer Course
Several Flemish research centres, universities and art museums collaboratively organise the second edition of the Summer Course for the Study of the Arts in Flanders in the summer of 2016. After the success of the first edition with a focus on Jan van Eyck, this edition zooms in on Peter Paul Rubens and his artistic context. The target group for the course are master and PhD-students in (art)...
Footage of the first edition of the Summer Course
The Summer Course for the Study of the Arts in Flanders brings to Flanders, annually, a select group of 18 national and international, highly qualified young researchers. They are presented with an intensive 11-day program of lectures, discussions, and visits related to the specific course theme within Flemish art. This theme varies annually and focuses each year on a different art-historical...
21st edition of The Rubenianum Quarterly
The 21st edition of The Rubenianum Quarterly recently appeared. The Rubenianum Quarterly is a digital newsletter. It publishes on the activities of the RubenianumFund, the Centre for Flemish Art of the 16th and 17th Centuries, the Rubens House (Rubenshuis) and the Rubenianum itself.
In the 21st Quarterly you will find a photo review of the Antwerp field trip by the Rubenianum Fund and you get...
Symposium 'Likeness and kinship'
Organized in conjunction with the exhibition ‘Rubens in private' held at the Rubens House, the symposium ‘Likeness and kinship. Artistic families from the seventeenth century portrayed' aims to contextualize Rubens's family portraits.
The first two speakers will discuss and present research carried out for the exhibition. Two subsequent talks will address the differing character of family...
Lecture: Rubens, Rembrandt and Watteau by Nico Van Hout
Nico Van Hout gets the ball rolling this year for a series of The Rubenianum Lectures. On Sunday, 29 March, Dr. Van Hout, who is a curator at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp (KMSKA), is speaking about the relationship amongst 3 remarkable painters: Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt Harmensz. Van Rijn and Antoine Watteau.
Van Hout is the curator of the recent Rubens exhibition, Sensation and...
Conference Considering Women in the Early Modern Low Countries
The international conference Considering Women in the Early Modern Low Countries (24-25 April 2015) brings together twenty-six eminent scholars of history, art history, and literature. It will be the first conference to focus on women and gender in both the Protestant Dutch Republic and the Catholic Southern Netherlands. The venue for the conference is the Rubenianum (Kolveniersstraat 20, Antwerp...
Exhibition 'Rubens and his Legacy. Van Dyck to Cézanne'
The exhibition Rubens and his Legacy. Van Dyck to Cézanne looks at the impact of Rubens on the art of painting. The show is co-curated by the Rubens specialist and curator of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp (KMSKA) Nico Van Hout. In 2014 the show was on view at BOZAR (Centre for Fine Arts) in Brussels, it now opens at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
Peter Paul Rubens was one of the...
Exhibition Rubens in private. The Master portrays his family
The Rubenshuis devotes a unique exhibition to Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) and his portraits that he made of himself and his family. Although Rubens is said to have personally disliked painting portraits and though portraiture was not greatly esteemed nor highly regarded in art theory at the time, Rubens' portraits are nonetheless quality works.
His finest and most intimate portraits are...
Till-Holger Borchert and Hubert De Witte appointed as Co-Directors of Musea Brugge
Hubert De Witte (*1955 in Sinaai), the former Adjunct-Director alongside Manfred Sellink, is the new Business Director of Musea Brugge. He is an archeologist by training and began his career in Bruges in 1977 with the establishment of an archaeological position. One of the highlights (in 1979) was the discovery of the tomb and skeleton of Maria van Bourgondië. Until recently he was responsible...
Prestigious KMSKA loans in Madrid
The Museo Carlos de Amberes in Madrid has been opened for the public since November 5. To be seen there are 15th and 16th Century Masters from the Northern and Southern Netherlands. The Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp (KMSKA) is loaning 21 works of art out from its collection through February 2 2015.
The 21 paintings that the KMSKA sent to Madrid offer a good showing of the artistic...
Jordaens Rubens House restored
The Rubens House in Antwerp had the monumental work Neptune and Amphitrite by Jacob Jordaens I restored. The restoration lasted for a year, whereby new bits of information came to light. The work once again hangs in the large studio of the Italian wing of the Rubens House. The Flemish wing will be closed temporarily during November for painting. After the painting is completed, the Rubens House...
Sellink new director KMSKA
On 16 October, Minister of Culture Sven Gatz announced that Manfred Sellink will succeed Paul Huvenne as the new General Director and Head Curator of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA). Sellink is currently General Director of Musea Brugge.
The Dutchman Manfred Sellink (born 1962) was elected after an extensive recruitment procedure. Sellink holds a PhD in Art History (Vrije...
Exhibition 'The Parrot. ’t Cierlijk schoon van haare veeren'
During The Golden Cabinet exhibition in the Museum Rockoxhuis in Antwerp visitors get an impression of the opulence of the 17th century town houses of the city. Top pieces from Antwerp's Royal Museum of Fine Arts (KMSKA), currently closed for restoration, and the most important works from the Museum Rockoxhuis transform this former burgomaster's patrician residence into a luxurious art...
Exhibition ‘Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist’
Peter Paul Rubens excelled at devising captivating large-scale compositions. During the mid-1620s, he designed a series of monumental tapestries for the devout Infanta Isabel celebrating the spiritual victory of the Roman Catholic Church. This exhibition unites the exhilarating designs in the collection of the Prado Museum, painted in oil on wood panel, with the magnificent tapestries-rare loans...
Exhibition 'De andere verbeeld / Verbeeld gevaar'
De andere verbeeld / Verbeeld gevaar
Exhibition on image forming in religious art
One meets people from other cultures on nearly a daily basis, on the metro or on television. The ‘other' perhaps instills fear or incites the imagination. That was no different before. The exhibition De andere verbeeld / Verbeeld gevaar sheds light on the image formation of ‘Blacks', ‘Jews', ‘Turks', ‘heretics' and...
Restoration of the Rubens Self Portrait
The Self Portrait by Rubens that graces the Rubens House is being restored. Visitors wishing to view the painting should do so by 7 September 2014. The work will again be on display in 2015 as part of the exhibition Rubens in Private: The Master Portrays His Family, after which it will resume its usual place in the gallery. Before the exhibition, the Self Portrait will be examined and if...
Exhibition 'New Neighbours'
A change of location leads to new and fascinating encounters. For a brief period, paintings that would otherwise not be seen next to each other are presented together under the heading New Neighbours. These are normally arranged chronologically according to schools of painting in the Alte Pinakothek. As a result surprising correlations are created: Helene Fourment, Rubens' young wife, is pictured...
Exhibition 'Sensation and Sensuality. Rubens and his Legacy'
The exhibition Sensation and Sensuality. Rubens and his Legacy looks at the impact of Rubens on the art of painting, from Van Dyck to Gainsborough and from Delacroix to Kokoschka
Peter Paul Rubens was one of the most innovative painters in the history of art. His impact on subsequent generations has been immense. For the first time, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (Koninklijk Museum...
The Rubenianum Quarterly
The 17th edition of The Rubenianum Quarterly recently appeared. The Rubenianum Quarterly publishes on the activities of the RubenianumFund, the Centre for Flemish Art of the 16th and 17th Centuries, the Rubens House (Rubenshuis) and the Rubenianum itself.
The 17th edition introduces prof dr. Koenraad Jonckheere, the new Director of Publications of the Centrum Rubenianum. Dra. Prisca Valkeneers...
The Rubenianum Quarterly
The 16th edition of The Rubenianum Quarterly recently appeared. The Rubenianum Quarterly publishes on the activities of the RubenianumFund, the Centre for Flemish Art of the 16th and 17th Centuries, the Rubens House (Rubenshuis) and the Rubenianum itself.
In the 16th edition Abigail Newman enlightens us about her research on Flemish artists in Madrid. Karolien De Clippel and Filip Vermeylen...
Three versions of 'The Battle of the Amazons'
The Rubens House in Antwerp presents three versions of the painting The Battle of the Amazons.
The young Rubens probably painted The Battle of the Amazons before leaving in 1600 for Italy, where he was to spend the next eight years. The painting is not only one of Rubens's oldest known works, but also the result of his earliest known collaboration with his colleague and good friend Jan Brueghel I...
Exhibition 'Rubens, Van Dyck and Jordaens'
The Royal Museum of Fine Arts (KMSKA) is closed in the coming years due to renovation works. Paul Huvenne (Director, KMSKA) and Arnoud Odding (Director, Rijksmuseum Twenthe (RMT)) have taken this opportunity to enter into a long-term collaboration. In the span of fourteen months, RMT presents three exhibitions around the special partial collections from the KMSKA. Successively, until the end of...
New Online Publication
Read the new online publication Rubens's Flemish Heritage at Baroque in the Southern Netherlands. An online Museum.
Paul Huvenne (Director of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp) is the author of this new contribution. The article was originally published in CODART's eZine.
(News Item 20 March 2014)
Symposium (Un)dressing Rubens. Fashion and Painting in Seventeenth-century Antwerp
The Rubenianum (Antwerp) and the Early Modern Art History Research Team (University of Leuven) organise the two-day symposium: (Un)dressing Rubens. Fashion and Painting in Seventeenth-century Antwerp. (Rubenianum, 8-9 May 2014)
The theme of this two-day symposium is the depiction of dress and fashion in the work of Peter Paul Rubens and his Flemish contemporaries and successors, often...
Digitizing the Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard
All 22 volumes of the Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard published prior to 2000 have been made available as downloadable and searchable PDF files on the Rubenianum website. Rubenianum staff is steadily creating links within these PDF files to records in the RKDimages database which provide updated bibliographic references and provenance information that were not available at the time of print...
Exhibition Erasmus Quellinus in Cassel
As one of Rubens' pupils who then worked closely with him, Erasmus Quellinus II (Antwerp, 1607 -1678) very much played a part in his home town's artistic influence and reputation, through his prolific activity and neat, meticulous style. His curiosity, taste for philosophy and interest in the arts - especially sculpture - meant he was an altogether atypical artist, an erudite painter, and...
Exhibition 'The Furias. From Titian to Ribera'
Exhibition The "Furias". From Titian to Ribera (Museo del Prado, Madrid)
The "Furias" first appeared as a group in art in 1548 when Mary of Hungary commissioned Titian to paint four canvases for her palace at Binche (on the outskirts of Brussels) depicting Tityus, Tantalus, Sisyphus and Ixion, figures whom she associated with the German princes who had rebelled against her brother, the...
International Colloquium: Reunion revisited
International Colloquium: 'Reunion revisited: Altar Pieces for the Cathedral of Our Lady in a pungent perspective'
Co-organised by University Antwerp, Cathedral of Our Lady Antwerp, Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, Rubenianum.
9u45:Dr. Ria Fabri (UA)Introduction
10u00:Prof.dr. Guido Marnef (UA):Triptieken in context: het woelig bestaan van Antwerpse triptieken in...
The Rubenianum Quarterly
The 15th edition of The Rubenianum Quarterly recently appeared. The Rubenianum Quarterly publishes on the activities of the RubenianumFund, the Centre for Flemish Art of the 16th and 17th Centuries, the Rubens House (Rubenshuis) and the Rubenianum itself.
Last December, the Rubenianum celebrated its fiftieth anniversary with the study day ‘Picturing Ludwig Burchard (1886-1960)' and a festive...
Publication 'Rubens unveiled' (Part 2)
This is the second volume in the series Rubens unveiled, in which the Rubens Research Project of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA) shares the fruit of its research with a wider public. It is written by Dr. Valérie Herremans and follows a first book on Rubens's painting technique.
This second publication explores the physical, spiritual and cultural context of several major Rubens...
Exhibition 'Jerome: Iconography in the sixteenth and the seventeenth century'
Visitors to Antwerp's Rockox House will get an impression of the opulence of the 17th century town houses of the city. Top pieces from Antwerp's Royal Museum of Fine Arts (KMSKA), currently closed for restoration, and the most important works from the Rockox House Museum transform this former burgomaster's patrician residence into a luxurious art cabinet.
A luxurious Art Cabinet
During the 16th...
Fundraising campaign van Dyck's last self-portrait
The National Portrait Gallery launched a Save Van Dyck campaign: a joint effort by the National Portrait Gallery and the Art Fund to bring Sir Anthony Van Dyck's magnificent final self-portrait into their public collection.
The painting is one of just three known self-portraits created by Van Dyck during his time in Britain, where he found success as King Charles I's principal court painter. The...
James Bloom, Visiting Professor at the University of Antwerp
From 12 through 20 December, James Bloom (Centre College, Louisville, Kentucky (USA)) is affiliated with the Department of History at the University of Antwerp as a Visiting Professor. He will primarily be active in lessons on the socio-economic history of the Middle Ages. Bloom also works on the early modern period. This connection makes his visit also interesting for everyone who is engaged in...
A Rubens in the Attic? Judgment Day for artworks in the Rubenianum
On Saturday, 7 December, you are cordially invited to the Rubenianum. Specialists will gladly tell you more about the drawing that adorns your grandmother's wall or the image that you cherish above the hearth. This event is offered on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Rubenianum.
The Rubenianum welcomes old European art: specifically paintings, drawings, prints (engravings/etchings)...
Exhibition Rubens: maverick artist and restoration Rubens House
The Rubens House is showing the so-called de Ganay manuscript as a world premiere. The manuscript is one of four famous selective copies of the lost theoretical notebook of Peter Paul Rubens. The notebook unveils Rubens' vision and theoretical observations on the proportions of the human body, symmetry, perspective, anatomy and architecture. The Rubens House has also announced the restoration of...
Publication 'Meesterwerk. Van van Eyck tot Rubens in detail'
Till-Holger Borchert (Chief Conservator of the Groeninge Museum, Bruges) introduces an overview of important Flemish masterpieces in Meesterwerk. Van van Eyck tot Rubens in detail. Within this exceptionally large dimension, the smallest details are zoomed in upon in the works of art. This publication was made by Lannoo and Lukas. Art in Flanders (the online image bank).
40 masterpieces by...
The Rubenianum Quarterly
A new edition of The Rubenianum Quarterly recently appeared. The Rubenianum Quarterly publishes on the activities of the RubenianumFund, the Centre for Flemish Art of the 16th and 17th Centuries, the Rubens House (Rubenshuis) and the Rubenianum itself.
In the 14th Quarterly, Bert Watteeuw discusses further about his pursuits in the Rubenianum as the conservator of documentation. Thomas Leysen...
Codart eZine: Rubens's Flemish heritage
In the anniversary issue of CODART's eZine, Paul Huvenne (Director of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp) discusses Rubens's Flemish heritage.
'When the young Belgian state saw its independence ratified by the nations of Europe in 1840, it celebrated this historic event in Antwerp with Rubens festivities mounted on a grand scale. The new nation yearned for great moments from its past that...
Masterpieces from Antwerp in Mumbai
Antwerp in the early 17th century. Although the city on the river Scheldt was still licking its wounds after prolonged periods of war, economically and artistically it continued to flourish. With the rise of an affluent bourgeoisie, a new outlet had emerged for the visual arts, in addition to production for the Church and the aristocracy. Status was what these new buyers were after. Not before...
Exhibition Jordaens 1593-1678. The Pride of Antwerp
Of the three greats of 17th-century Flemish painting - Rubens, Van Dyck and Jordaens - Jordaens is perhaps the least known in France, having never had a major retrospective in this country. Now, the Petit Palais is taking on the challenge: in the field of classical painting Jordaens: the Pride of Antwerp is set to be the major event of the upcoming Paris exhibition season.
Backed up by superb...
Casestudy Jacob van Oost I
Jacob van Oost I (1603-1671) is a Bruges painter and draftsman. Van Oost is viewed as the most important 17th-century painter from Bruges. He makes portraits for the Bruges bourgeois and history paintings, but is primarily known for the altarpieces that he makes in the spirit of the Counter Reformation. Many of his altarpieces can be admired in Bruges. He also made copies after Van Dyck and...
Rubenianum lecture on the dramatic potential of the portrait
Drs. Bert Watteeuw (Rubenianum) will give a lecture on the dramatic potential of the portrait.
This lecture will focus on the portrait as a literary motif. Through a reading of seventeenth-century tragedies, comedies, novellas, folk stories, songs, satires and jokes it will reveal emotional and even passionate aspects that remain skillfully hidden from view in the sitter's composed and impassive...
Images VKC on ARTstor
Since 24 May, Lukas-Art in Flanders is collaborating with ARTstor to share worldwide more than 4400 images from more than 30 important Flemish collections. ARTstor is a digital library for non-profit research.
The collections from the three partner museums of the Flemish Art Collection (VKC)-the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA), the Groeninge Museum in Bruges and the Museum of Fine Arts...
Expo The Golden Cabinet. Royal Museum at the Rockox House
Visitors to Antwerp's Rockox House after 2 February 2013 will get an impression of the opulence of the 17th century town houses of the city. Top pieces from Antwerp's Royal Museum of Fine Arts (KMSKA), currently closed for restoration, and the most important works from the Rockox House Museum transform this former burgomaster's patrician residence into a luxurious art cabinet.