‘The Gallery of Cornelis van der Geest’ on display again at the Rubens House after a lengthy and complex restoration process

Willem van Haecht, De kunstkamer van Cornelis van der Geest, 1628, Rubenshuis, opname na restauratie

Following its restoration, The Gallery of Cornelis van der Geest has returned to the Rubens House in Antwerp. The original paint layer has been exposed again, revealing details that have remained hidden for many years. The wood cradle proved to be the greatest challenge for the restoration team, however. For centuries, high tensile forces in the wood caused repeated damage. A tailor-made secondary ...

In memoriam Prof. Dr. Arnout Balis

Het Rubenshuis, het Rubenianum en talloze vrienden en collega's in binnen- en buitenland zijn in diepe rouw na het onverwachte overlijden van Prof. dr. Arnout Balis (29 juli 1952-6 september 2021). Balis was een van de grootste kenners van Peter Paul Rubens, de kunstenaar aan wie hij zijn leven wijdde. Arnout Balis was een tomeloze, hartelijke, aanstekelijke inspirator die zijn kennersschap gul ...

Insight into the Rubens studio by research on study heads

Dr Nico Van Hout, Head of Collections Research at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA) explores the varied use of heads by Rubens and his assistants in Study Heads. His research reveals a huge amount about how the Baroque master’s studio operated. Besides working and collaborating at a very rapid rate, Rubens also set an extremely high standard when it came to preparation.

Astonishing ...

New infrastructure for the Rubens House and the Rubenianum

Robbrecht and Daem Architects have designed a new reception building for the Rubens House. With a multimedia experience centre, a museum café, a reading room and the Rubenianum’s extensive library collection, the design is an important link in the future vision for the Rubens House and the Rubenianum.

The new building at 13 Hopland provides breathing space for the entire site, as well as a new ...

Call for applications Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Deadline 31 March 2021

The Périer-D’Ieteren Foundation grants its support to a European visiting researcher at a Belgian university, to carry out postdoctoral research in the fields of art history or conservation-restoration under the supervision of a member of the university’s teaching staff. The grant will be awarded for a period of three to six months. The Foundation also offers selected ...

Online conference 'Step by step: Visualizing and asserting power in Netherlandish Joyous Entries'

385 years ago, on 17 April 1635, the Joyous Entry of Cardinal-Infant Ferdinand of Spain into Antwerp took place. These ephemeral, spectacular, and artistically ingenious events – which in 1635 had been designed by Peter Paul Rubens – shaped and transformed the early modern cities of the Spanish Netherlands.  

The online conference 'Step by step: Visualizing and asserting power in the ...

Digitale reconstruction Max Rooses archive

Max Rooses (1839-1914) was a versatile man: a renowned authority on Rubens, he served as the first curator of Museum Plantin-Moretus, besides which he was also extremely active as a literary critic and a journalist. Rooses was also prominent in the Flemish Movement and played an active role in latitudinarian circles. This wide range of activities explains why the Max Rooses archives are dispersed ...

Long-term loans for Musea Brugge from a private collection

The Groeningemuseum will be renovated in the spring of 2020. The museum also plans a complete rehanging. 

Two important paintings by Jan Fyt and Roelandt Savery will be on long-term loan from a private collection and will be included in the presentation. During their stay in the Groeningemuseum, the works of art will be further investigated, a.o. using scientific methods. The owner of the two ...

From Titian to Rubens

From 5 September 2019 until 1 March 2020 the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia presents 'From Titian to Rubens. Masterpieces from Antwerp and other Flemish Collections', an exhibition curated by Ben Van Beneden, director of Rubenshuis in Antwerp. The magnificent Doge’s apartments will be transformed into veritable ‘constkamers’, rooms filled with exquisite art demonstrating the riches of Flemish ...