Experience a fascinating journey into the world of tronies with Turning Heads. The exhibition at KMSKA highlights the emergence of a new genre, namely head studies. During the 16th and 17th centuries, artists like Rubens, Rembrandt and Vermeer delved into the art of depicting faces individually and in all their glory.

Tronies were not meant to be traditional portraits of identifiable individuals but rather served as studies or exercises for artists to explore various facial expressions, emotions, and character types.

From the 20th of October 2023 till the 21st of January 2024, you can discover everything about the origins and evolution of tronies through various works at KMSKA, including three from The Phoebus Foundation collection.

Frans Floris, Minerva, c.1567
Peter Paul Rubens, Study of an Old Woman, c.1615-1620
Jacob Jordaens, Head Study of an Elderly Woman, Possibly Barbara Wolschaten or Elizabeth Nuyts, c.1640-1645