Our loans literally travel around the world. You can even find our masterpieces in Los Angeles!

Since April, Flowers in a Vase with a Clump of Cyclamen and Precious Stones by master painter Jan I Brueghel (1568-1625) has been on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum as part of the museum’s permanent collection.

Daffodils, hanging pink roses, an orange lily, flaming tulips, bright blue irises, … The variety of flowers and bright colours are overwhelming and splash from this small panel.Flowers in a Vase with a Clump of Cyclamen and Precious Stones is a masterpiece by one of the most important painters of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century: Jan Brueghel I (1568-1625). Although he was also known as ‘Bloemenbrueghel’, it was only in his late thirties that he began to paint flower vases. Flowers in a Vase with a Clump of Cyclamen and Precious Stones is one of the earliest and most beautiful examples.

Curious to see this panel with your own eyes? It is waiting for you in La la land!

Jan Brueghel I, Flowers in a Vase with a Clump of Cyclamen and Precious Stones, c.1605-07

Meet Anto-Carte (1886-1954)! A Mons artist who was a painter, lithographer and illustrator at the same time, he became known all over the world thanks to exhibitions in the United States, Spain and Italy.

With the exhibition Anto-Carte. Heaven and Earth, the BAM immerses you in the world of Anto-Carte, whose work weaves a fascinating link between the centuries. After all, the expertise of the great masters of painting is reflected in paintings painted in the first half of the 20th century by this internationally renowned artist from Mons.

80 works from public and private collections show Anto-Carte’s painting that focuses on the pursuit of the sacred. The artist revisited the classic themes of Christian iconography and at the same time honoured the grandeur of the peasant world in his works. You will also discover a fascinating work from the collection of The Phoebus Foundation !

Anto-Carte, Satyr and Nymph, 1914

Fans of armour will be in for a treat at Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna! In the exhibition Iron Men, you will discover the most beautiful suits of armour from the largest collections in the world. From paintings and sculptures to authentic, life-size armour: immerse yourself in a world of fashion and steel.

You will also discover an exceptional sculpture of Charles V in – literally – magnificent armour from the collection of The Phoebus Foundation.

Unknown master, Charles V, c.1500

Do you like modernist art? Mu.Zee in Ostend is your place to be! Moreover: you can discover Transatlantic modernisms! The exhibition tells the surprising story of the artistic connections between Belgium and Argentina from 1910 to 1958. The artists from both regions may have lived miles apart, their contacts and influences were particularly close. The friendship between artists Julio Payro and Paul Delvaux is one of the many examples of these artistic relations.

Joaquin Torres-Garcia, Arte Constructivo, 1943

With no fewer than four loans, we are honoured to have contributed to this special project. Book your ticket now!

Héctor Ragni, Pareja Abstraca, 1935

Did you know Antwerp was the capital of harpsichords between 1560 and 1660? With the exhibition Keyboard Instruments, the Snijders&Rockox House Museum and the Vleeshuis Museum take you back to the golden age of the Antwerp harpsichord.

Anonymous, Two Panels with Musical Angels, c.1500-50

At the Snijders&Rockox House Museum you can discover paintings by Frans Floris, Jacob Jordaens, Maerten de Vos, the Francken family and others, with Antwerp organs, harpsichords and virginals in the leading role. At the Vleeshuis Museum you can admire the harpsichords and virginals and unique painted harpsichord lids.

Frans Francken II, The Passage of Moses and the Israelites through the Red Sea, c.1620

With no less than eight loans, including a newly discovered harpsichord lid by Frans II Francken, The Phoebus Foundation is honoured to be a partner of this special exhibition!

Today a name stands out from the Frankish dynasty, that of Frans Francken the Younger (1581-1642) considered to be an outstanding artist. This contemporary of Rubens is distinguished by his unique, refined style, by the diversity of subjects he tackled and by his prolific output which flooded the Antwerp market. Trained by his father Frans the Elder, a renowned religious painter, he asserted his personality and taste for learning very early on: his works include multiple references to history and literature, and even esoteric sources. His fine artworks responded to the demands of the bourgeois wishing to demonstrate their knowledge: his success was immediate. A studio was then set up, a real commercial enterprise which called on famous collaborators from time to time such as Jan Brueghel and who also employed his brothers and sons.

Frans Francken II, Crucifixion, c.1610

In Flanders, the mode of apprenticeship based on the medieval tradition of craft guilds encouraged artistic filiation. So, the Francken dynasty is a story of several generations of artists united by blood ties and a common expertise. Although Frans Francken the Elder and Ambrosius Francken I revealed their talent through spectacular religious triptychs, Hieronymus Francken I rose to the prestigious position of painter to the King of France. Each followed their own path based on the proposals received and their inclinations, while benefiting from a brand, the Francken brand.

Frans Francken II, An Art Cabinet with Abraham Ortelius and Justus Lipsius, 1617

From 04/09 to 02/01/2022, you can discover the Franckens at Musée de Flandre in Cassel (France) and admire three extraordinary works of art from The Phoebus Foundation. Click here for more info.

Frans Francken II and Ambrosius Francken, The Feast of King Herode, 1610

Imagining the Universe is part of Leuven’s KNAL! Big Bang City Festival, which focuses on the fascination with the cosmos and its impact on science and culture. The exhibition tells the story of man’s fascination with the cosmos and how this is reflected in the visual arts and thought up until the 19th century. The visitor is taken through history and discovers the answers that were formulated in the Middle Ages and early modern times to the fundamental questions about our origins.

Imagining the Universe portrays the enduring wonder and ongoing search for insights into the origins of the universe and mankind in this immeasurable system. Selected masterpieces from national and international collections then how, across time, space and cultures, broad answers to various, fundamental questions surrounding the origin of man have been conceived, expressed, depicted, embraced and rejected. You’ll also discover two fascinating loans from our collection!

Remember Me. More than 100 Renaissance Portraits, from Dürer to Sofonisba tells the story of powerful emperors, flamboyant aristocrats and well-to-do citizens and how they had themselves immortalized throughout the 15th and 16th centuries. Showing various masterpieces by famous artists such as Holbein, Dürer, Memling and Titian, this unique exhibition highlights the first real blossoming of portraiture in Europe.

Besides Renaissance portraits from Turin, Frankfurt and Washington, you can admire two exceptional works by Jan Van Hemessen and Jan Van Scorel from the collection of The Phoebus Foundation!

Jan Van Scorel, Portrait of Joost Aemsz. Van der Burch, c.1530-41
Jan Van Hemessen, Double Portrait of a Man and a Woman, 1532

Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) is arguably the most successful Flemish Baroque painter. His works are characterized by an impressive, colorful imagery that is highly recognizable. Even during Rubens’s lifetime were people prepared to pay the highest prices for his works. But how did Rubens succeed in becoming a painter who is celebrated throughout all of Europe?

This exhibition shows how Rubens laid the foundations for his later success in Italy: he worked in Italy for the ducal court in Mantua as well as for the powerful Doge families in Genoa. Between 1600 and 1608, he continuously expanded his network and gained influential nobles, scholars and diplomats as patrons. Meanwhile, he spent his Italian years to study ancient and renaissance art in Rome and elsewhere.

One hundred paintings and works on paper tell the story of Rubens’ stay in Italy and the beginnings of his great studio in Antwerp. With the loan of Rubens’ Portrait of Emperor Servius Sulpicius Galba and the drawing A satyress Reaches for a Herm of Pan from the master’s sketchbook, The Phoebus Foundation is making an important contribution to this exhibition.

Peter Paul Rubens, A Double-sided Page of Studies:A Satyress Reaching for a Herm of Pan (recto), c.1600-08
Peter Paul Rubens, Portrait of Emperor Galba, c.1598-1600