And the latest re-attributed painting is …

The Fries Museum is not the only museum reporting a painting has been re-attributed. The Hague’s Mauritshuis and Antwerp’s Royal Museum of Fine Arts just notified press about their latest research results.

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Two painters, two paintings, same subject: at the Mauritshuis Museum

This autumn, the Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague will open a major exhibition on Flemish Masters. The museum and its Flemish counterpart, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, organize this exhibition.

For those unable to visit: both museums offer a consolation. Two paintings, one owned by the Antwerp and one by the The Hague museum, treating the same subject but created by different painters, can be admired right now.

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Soon to be admired: Clara Peeters at the Mauritshuis

The Mauritshuis Museum The Hague, likes to claim it offers wonderful new temporary exhibitions. Perhaps, if you read my blog posts during 2016, the name Clara Peeters jogs your memory? The Mauritshuis recently announced their spring temporary exhibition, which will open next month, focuses on still-lives including those by Clara Peeters.

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To be admired: David Bowie’s Tintoretto

David Bowie’s only Tintoretto, a painting which was one of the first he bought for his art collection, was recently auctioned at Sotheby’s. An anonymous art collector bought it for  £191,000. The Antwerp Rubenshuis museum announced today, the collector who bought it, has arranged for this painting to be loaned to the museum.

Tintoretto’s altar piece “Saint Catherine” will hang in Rubens’ former home from spring 2017 onwards. Tintoretto was commissioned to paint the work for the Venetian church of San Geminiano, located at the Piazza San Marco, in 1570.

The loan is “intended to honor Bowie’s life-long love of and generosity towards museums and cultural institutions.” Though Rubens admired and was influenced by Tintoretto and Italian contemporaries, the museum has no works by these masters in its own collection. Interesting additional fact is, that Rubens’ pupil Anthony van Dyck even made a drawing of this particular painting during a stay in Italy.

It is not yet known from which exact date this painting can be admired at the museum.

Antwerpen, Rubenshuis Museum
Sotheby’s description for the 11th November auction

Antwerp and Utrecht: “Mors” and “La Serenissima”

Last year’s Festival of Early Music with its theme “England my England” was a great success. Over 64,500 visitors, nearly 100 volunteers and 1000 musicians helped create a lasting memory for all who visited one or more concerts. At the end of the 2015 festival, the 35th festival’s theme was announced: “La Serenissima”!

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Dining with Clara Peeters at Antwerp’s Rockox House

Rockox House Antwerp 01Antwerp has several small museums located in charming period houses. The Rockoxhuis is one of these. It is the former home of Antwerp’s mayor Nicolaas Rockox. He and his wife Adriana Perez were of rich and cultured families and became important patrons to Antwerp artists like Rubens and van Dyck.

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Clara Serena remains at home

Enjoyed the recent temporary exhibition at the Rubenshuis, Antwerp? Many portraits of Rubens’ family members, who actually lived in the house, were brought together again for this exhibition in their former home. Most of these portraits were sold through the ages and are now the property of museums, or private collectors.

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Antwerp’s Laus Polyphoniae Festival and Utrecht’s Early Music Festival

It is like a warming-up to the Utrecht Early Music Festival: Antwerp’s Laus Polyphoniae Festival. It takes place during the second half of August each year. So if you’re interested in early music and in Antwerp, why not visit Kammenstraat nr 81. It is AMUZ’s ticket and information office, where they will be able to advise you which concert-tickets can still be obtained.

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A few Antwerp addresses

If you regularly “land” on this blog, you know there is plenty to see in Antwerp. But mankind can’t live on beauty alone. Belgium is very much a food Walhalla and has more to offer than that national institution called Fritkot. So of course, Antwerp has plenty places to suit all tastes and budgets.

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Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp

Antwerp’s Mayer van den Bergh museum may be small; it contains quite a few treasures. It’s located just a short walk from either the Rubenshuis, the Moretus Plantin Museum, or the Rockoxhuis. It’s difficult to miss: the flags on its facade at Antwerp’s Lange Gasthuisstraat, can be spotted from quite a distance. Continue reading