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 paintings is a passionate collector from whom paintings were shown on long-term loan in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Jan Fyt is one of the most important Flemish still-life artists. He was active in Antwerp and Italy in the middle of the seventeenth century and influenced his contemporaries with his smooth style of painting. His work 'Still life with a hunting trophy' is of high quality, and forms an important added value for the presentation of still lifes from the Groeninge Museum's own collection.
Roelandt Savery caused a furore at the court of Rudolf II in Prague as an important follower of Pieter Bruegel. His landscape drawings and landscape paintings show a meticulous style that was created around 1500 by masters such as Gerard David. His work ‘Forest Landscape with Cattle and Castle Beyond', together with ‘The Sermon of Saint John the Baptist' after Pieter Bruegel and an anonymous landscape, will illustrate the importance of landscape art.
‘Forest Landscape with Cattle and Castle Beyond’ by Roelandt Savery will be on view from the beginning of February 2020, and 'Still Life with a Hunting Trophy' by Jan Fyt from the end of February 2020, both in the Groeningemuseum.
Image: Roelandt Savery, Forest Landscape with Cattle and Castle Beyond; Long-term loan, Groeningemuseum