The 5 best places to find Antwerp paintings in Antwerp
With the Royal Fine Arts Museum closed for renovation work until at least late 2021, many of the paintings have moved to new locations such as the Rockoxhuis, where Flemish Masters have been hung in the 17th-century rooms to recreate the mood of an Antwerp cabinet of curiosities. Here is where you now find works by Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden and Hans Memling.
The Antwerp artist Peter Paul Rubens produced more than 1400 paintings in his lifetime. Some are still hanging in the grand Italianate palazzo he designed as his home in the heart of Antwerp. The baroque palace includes a huge studio where he worked on his masterpieces and a monumental arch in the garden inspired by classical architecture.
Eight heavy wooden altarpieces, which normally hang in the Royal Fine Arts Museum have been moved back to the Cathedral where they originally hung. The works will remain in the Cathedral until 2021 alongside Rubens’ two masterpieces, the Raising of the Cross and the Descent from the Cross.
4) Mayer Van Den Bergh
Located in a dark neo-Gothic house, this remarkable museum looks a bit forbidding. Overcome your caution and you will discover one of the finest private art collections in Europe. It includes mediaeval manuscripts, sculpture and prints, but the highlight is Pieter Bruegel’s Dulle Griet.
The church is hard to find. It may not even be open when you do track it down. But it is worth making an effort as this beautiful baroque building contains a series of paintings by Antwerp artists such as Rubens, Van Dyck and Jordaens.
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