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.
With Ingenious Women: Women Artists and Their Companions, the Bucerius Art Forum explores the careers of exceptional women artists from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. Reflecting on contemporary themes such as equality and work-life balance, the exhibition highlights their achievements in the context of their families and alongside male artists. At the same time, the remarkable careers of these pioneering female artists are celebrated.
During this exhibition, no fewer than four works from The Phoebus Foundation collection will be displayed, including the fascinating artwork by seventeenth-century Baroque artist Michaelina Wautier. Study of a Woman testifies to her exceptional talent and unyielding dedication to her craft. Wautier defied the social norms of her time and continued to pursue her passion for painting. As a result, she became one of the few female artists of her time to gain recognition.
Alongside Michaelina Wautier, Sofonisba Anguissola, Judith Leyster and Marietta Robusti, the exhibition focuses on the eminent eighteenth-century Swiss artist, Angelika Kauffmann, celebrated for her portraits and historical paintings, distinguished by a refined neoclassical aesthetic.
Curious to find out more? Visit the Bucerius Art Forum from the 14th of October and discover the captivating female luminaries of the artworld from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century.
Het Kunstuur regularly features masterpieces by Belgian artists. In a playful way, every artwork is highlighted in a unique setting through music and unique stories told by several well-known Flemish figures.
The sixth exhibition at Kunstuur Mechelen will also feature two works from The Phoebus Foundation collection, namely The Dynamic of Dance by avant-garde artist Jules Schmalzigaug and The Klappeien at Bachte-Maria-Leerne by Emile Claus.
The sixth exhibition of Het Kunstuur in Mechelen will run from the 13th of October 2023 till the 31st of April 2024. For more info and tickets, visit www.hetkunstuur.com/mechelen
Peter Paul Rubens, a luminary of the Baroque era, stands as one of the most celebrated painters in the history of art, having left an indelible mark on the world of art through his masterful creations, elevating the art of painting to new heights of grandeur and emotional intensity. But how did Rubens develop a unique artistic language that combined elements of Italian Renaissance and Flemish traditions? Which influences shaped his distinctive vocabulary, blending Flemish and Italian styles seamlessly? From the 7th of October 2023, Palazzo Te in Mantua embarks on a profound exploration, delving into the intricate relationship between Giulio Romano’s oeuvre and its role as a source of inspiration for the distinguished Antwerp master.
The exhibition, structured around Palazzo Te’s layout, underscores the enduring impact of Rubens’ time in Mantua and Italy, as well as the legacy he passed on to his pupils. Selected works in the exhibition are chosen for their dialogue with the myths and interpretations found in Giulio Romano’s rooms. Moreover, there will not only be works by Rubens on display, but also by the Antwerp master Jacob Jordaens. His ceiling pieces on the love story of Amor and Psyche will be carefully installed in the exact arrangement the artist envisioned in his Antwerp residence. Within the context of Palazzo Te, these works are of particular importance because Jordaens created them, inspired by masterpieces by Rubens, who in turn was influenced by Romano.
Jacob Jordaens’ ceiling pieces from The Phoebus Foundation collection will be on display at Palazzo Te from the 7th of October 2023 to the 7th of February 2024.
The Brueghel family, spanning several generations of remarkable artists, has left a significant mark on the art world. This dynasty of painters, predominantly active during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in the Southern Netherlands, produced a body of work that encapsulates the essence of their time while transcending the boundaries of their era. In this manner, the Brueghels, as well as their work, remained cherished for generations.
To celebrate this enduring legacy, Het Noordbrabants Museum brought together the best works from five generations in an ambitious exhibition comprising eighty exquisite paintings and prints. Once again, an impressive display of no fewer than ten works from our collection will be showcased.
In the forthcoming seasons of autumn 2023 and spring 2024, the illustrious legacy of Frans Hals will be commemorated through a series of distinguished exhibitions hosted by renowned institutions such as The National Gallery and Rijksmuseum. Notably, the Frans Hals Museum will proudly contribute to this celebration by showcasing a trio of exquisite works from our collection, that will be on view from the 18th of September.
Hals is still celebrated for his revolutionary contributions to portrait and genre painting. His style is characterised, among other things, by bold, loose brushwork, vibrant colours and the ability to capture the vitality and spirit of his subjects. This innovative approach to painting had a profound influence on future generations of artists, making him a key figure in the history of seventeenth-century art.
Het Kunstuur features regularly masterpieces by Belgian artists. In a playful way, every artwork is highlighted in a unique setting through music and unique stories told by several well-known Flemish figures.
From the 12th of September, two works from The Phoebus Foundation collection will be shown during the second exhibition of Het Kunstuur Hasselt. ‘The Cyclist’ by Hubert Malfait will be accompanied by a story told by media personality Saartje Vandendriessche, while Alain Remue will bring a story about Frits Van den Berghe’s work titled ‘Obsession’.
From the 22nd of April, visitors to the Antwerp city festival Baroque Influencers can discover the Jesuits, Rubens and the Art of Persuasion exhibition. Get to know the most prominent names from Baroque and Jesuit history. Among a variety of artworks spread across three locations – Snijders&Rockoxhuis, St Charles Borromeo Church and Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library – there are also four masterpieces on display from The Phoebus Foundation collection, including Saint Margaret by Rubens as well as other masterpieces by Daniel Seghers and Jacob De Wit.
Discover the rich history of Antwerp’s Baroque visual culture through cultural and academic events during Baroque Influencers, and marvel at the works from our collection in Snijders&Rockoxhuis.
On the 31st of March, the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin celebrates the Ghent-born artist Hugo van der Goes. An actual premiere as almost all of the artist’s surviving paintings and drawings will be presented in one exhibition. As one of the most important names of the second half of the 15th century, van der Goes generated much admiration with their monumental pieces displaying an astonishing and emotional expressiveness.
Once again, visitors can discover two unique pieces from The Phoebus Foundation collection: van der Goes’ Descent from the Cross and Mary with Child and Saints Thomas, John the Baptist, Jerome and Louis.
Discover Hugo van der Goes. Between Pain and Bliss from the 13th of March to the 16th of July at the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin.
Discover the Belgian art of the interbellum and how the Flemish expressionists brought modern figurative painting to a peak.
From the 25 of March, visitors of Kunstmuseum Den Haag will be able to enjoy no less than 38 works from our collection showcasing the colourful yet bold character of works by Gust. De Smet, Frits Van den Berghe, Edgar Tytgat , Floris Jespers, Constant Permeke and many others.
After Impressionism: Inventing Modern Art at The National Gallery in London celebrates the most renowned names of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, such as Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, and Paul Gauguin, as well as their influence on younger generations of artists and the broader circles of artists in Europe. Moreover, no less than two works from The Phoebus Foundation collection are on display!
Encounter the works of Théo van Rysselberghe and Henry van de Velde and discover how Impressionism radically changed the art world, becoming one of the most important periods in art history.
From the 16th of March, visitors of The National Gallery in London can discover Metsys’ Portrait of an Old Woman from The Phoebus Foundation collection at the new exhibition The Ugly Duchess: Beauty and Satire in the Renaissance. The exposition focuses, among others, on Quinten Metsys’ portrait of the Ugly Duchess, a related drawing after Leonardo da Vinci, and other artworks portraying older women. The paintings demonstrate Metsys’ fascination with depicting the grotesque but also show how the rise of secular and satirical art during the Renaissance shaped attitudes that persist today.
Did you know countless Dutch masters were inspired by their southern neighbours? The influence of early modern artistic centres such as Antwerp on artists from the North cannot be underestimated. Time for an ode! With more than 80 works of art by resounding names such as Frans Hals, Maerten De Vos, Hendrick De Clerck and Peter Paul Rubens, this spring Museum Catharijneconvent highlights the important connections between the North and the South. With surprising dialogues as a result!
In the 16th century, Antwerp was the art and trade metropolis of Europe. Political and religious tensions ended all the glory in 1585. The Netherlands were split, the people of Antwerp fled and the prosperous epicentre moved towards the north. The exhibition Ode to Antwerp. The Secret of the Dutch Masters brings a unique perspective on this turbulent history and focuses on the immense influence on art and the art market that the fled Antwerpers took with them. Using large and colourful canvases and panels that are on display in the Netherlands for the first time, the exhibition highlights the enduring artistic interaction between the Southern and Northern Netherlands. Starring? More than 30 masterpieces from The Phoebus Foundation’s collection!
Discover the majestic splendour of this unique altarpiece from The Phoebus Foundation collection at the Basilica of Our Lady in Tongeren. From March 2023, visitors to this outstanding thirteenth-century edifice can also learn about the rich history of this sixteenth-century altarpiece.
Made of oak and with painted inner and outer wings, the altarpiece also reveals a gilded Malines house altar in the centre. The alabaster relief depicts The Flagellation, while the medallion at the top represents God, the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Salomon Hendrickx was one of the most important canons during the 16th century who contributed extensively to the preservation of key documents about the Tongeren chapter.
Find out more about this exceptional piece from March at the Basilica of Our Lady in Tongeren.
From the 24th of March, visitors of DIVA (museum of diamonds, jewelry, and silver) celebrate the long-awaited reopening of the museum but also admire this hair jewel crafted in gold and set with diamonds and rubies from The Phoebus Foundation collection. This unique piece is mounted on a spring, allowing diamonds to sparkle at the slightest head movement. Moreover, this hair jewelry features a horn-blowing monkey on a carriage, a popular feature during the 18th century.
The Bentvueghels. A notorious art society in Rome is a new exhibition at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht that tells the story of an artists group from the Northern and Southern Netherlands who came together in Rome at the beginning of the 17th century under the name The Bentvueghels. Among others, three works by Jan Miel from our collection will be on display there.
Info and tickets available on the website of Centraal Museum.
Thanks to the collaboration with the National Gallery of Ireland, the unique Dymphna altarpiece from The Phoebus Foundation collection will continue its travels to the homeland of princess Dymphna, namely Ireland. The new exhibition St Dymphna. The Tragedy of an Irish Princess. explores Dymphna’s tragic life story and her canonisation as a saint. The panels by Goossen Van der Weyden are unique pieces as they are the only known pieces from the 16th century exploring the life of St Dymphna.
From the 28th of January until the 28th of May 2023, you can admire Goossen Van der Weyden’s eight panels telling the intriguing story of one of the most intriguing Merovingian female figures.
For info and tickets, visit the website of National Gallery of Ireland.
From the 27th of January, the Fondation de l’Hermitage will display no less than six works from our collection as part of their new exhibition Léon Spilliaert. Avec la Mer du Nord … As the title already mentions, this retrospective focuses entirely on the Ostend-born self-taught painter and graphic artist. Moreover, the exhibition focuses on one of Spilliaert’s main subjects: the North Sea.
Spilliaert was a contemporary of James Ensor and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. During the late 19th century and early 20th century, he painted self-portraits as well as scenes of everyday life, which are now considered among his most important works. With his singular approach to color, Spilliaert stood out amongst his Belgian contemporaries, expressing his inner torments through visions haunted by the spectre of dread and death.
Discover more about the fascinating life and work of Léon Spilliaert at the Fondation de l’Hermitage. Info and tickets on the museum website!
We start our 2023 Travelling Treasures with a new loan that will be on display from the 21st of January at MSK Gent as part of the new exhibition titled Theodoor Rombouts, Virtuoso of Flemish Caravaggism.
Born in Antwerp during the late 16th century, Theodoor Rombouts is best known for his dynamic compositions depicting musical scenes, card-players and other merry characters enjoying their time. The work Cardplayers is exemplary of Rombouts’ style reminiscent of Caravaggio, encompassing a realistic yet spontaneous dimension.
Discover Cardplayers and other remarkable compositions by Theodoor Rombouts at MSK Gent from the 21st of January. Tickets and info available on the museum website.
We are happy to announce that three works from our collection will be part of the new exhibition ‘Hidden Gems. Seven centuries of Mechelen masterpieces’ at the Museum Hof van Busleyden.
Did you know that Frans Verbeeck and Hans Bol, both from Mechelen, made significant contributions to Flemish art history with works depicting peasant weddings? This subject was enormously popular in 15th and 16th-century. The exhibition at the Museum Hof van Busleyden will take its visitors to a timeless city where more than 100 works of art will reveal the rich history of Mechelen’s artistic landscape.
Wondering which other artwork from our collection will accompany the peasant weddings during Hidden Gems? Find out by visiting Museum Hof van Busleyden! More info available on the museum website.
Once again, we are incredibly proud to announce that our artworks are travelling! This time, three of our works are going to STAM Ghent for the new exhibition SkYline. Highrise in the Low Countries.
The exhibition focuses on various architectural and urban aspects of the city and how they shape its skyline by concentrating on the cities of Ghent and Rotterdam. This collaboration with Museum Rotterdam will analyze how and why skylines look the way they do today, how their evolution has changed throughout time, and what challenges and developments may take place in the future.
Let yourself get carried away by this architectural tour de force at STAM Ghent. Info and tickets are available on the museum website!
Our Two Fisherboys by Frans Hals will be on display at the Frans Hals Museum from the 30th of September. The exhibition Newcomers takes visitors on a journey back in time when various Flemish artists, artisans, and merchants moved to Haarlem around 1600 and began influencing the art and the city. Through numerous works by Flemish masters, including Frans Hals, Karel van Mander, Pieter Claesz, and many more, as well as works by Dutch masters, we discover why these Flemish masters moved to Haarlem and what effect their work had on the arts and the city.
Find out more about Newcomers on the Frans Hals Museum website!
We are incredibly proud to share this flamboyant work by the Belgian futurist Jules Schmalzigaug with Rijksmuseum Twenthe for their new exhibition Marinetti and Futurism: Manifesto for a New World. The exhibition traces the evolution of futurism alongside the work of its Italian founder, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti.
Jules Schmalzigaug (1882-1917), who grew up in Antwerp and later traveled to Germany, Paris, and Italy, was the only painter from Belgium to develop a close relationship with the Italian Futurists in the prewar period. During his stay in Paris in 1912, on the occasion of an exhibition on Futurism, he attended Marinetti’s lecture at Galerie Bernheim-Jeune. This experience convinced Schmalzigaug to move to Italy, where he exhibited alongside the most famous figures of Futurism.
Find out more about the works of the futurists during the new exhibition in Rijksmuseum Twenthe!
We are proud to announce that two of our works depicting Susanna and the elders will be presented in the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum in Cologne for the SUSANNA – Images of a Woman from the Middle Ages to MeToo exhibition.
The exhibition will investigate the violent and sexualising pictorial tradition of Susanna throughout history alongside the MeToo movement. Masterworks by artists such as Hendrick de Clerck, Artemisia Gentileschi, Anthony van Dyck, and others will be displayed alongside contemporary artworks by Kathleen Gilje and Zoe Leonard. The exhibition offers a relevant and essential perspective on the representation of one of the most prominent female figures in history and the representation of women in general.
Find out more about SUSANNA – Images of a Woman from the Middle Ages to MeToo on the Wallraf-Richartz Museum website!
M Leuven has joined forces with the Louvre Museum to exhibit alabaster in all its glory. More than 130 masterpieces carved out of alabaster will be on display, exploring the materiality and immateriality of works by masters such as André Beauneveu, Jean Mone, Étienne Bobillet, and many others. Find out more about this exhibition on the M Leuven website!
We are tremendously honored to have contributed to this exceptional exhibition with no less than six alabaster loans, two of which are pleurants. Pleurants are figures who mourn the death of their duke and serve as grave ornaments. In this case, they mourn John of Berry, a prince from the house of Valois, a French dynasty that ruled during the Middle Ages. As an art lover, John of Berry wanted to make sure his tomb would be as magnificent as possible, so the pleurants became the perfect ornament to adorn his grave.
Want to know more about Jean de Berry’s pleurants? Read our Phoebus Focus XXVI Pleurants, Alabaster figures for the Tomb Monument of Jean de Berry (1340-1416), available in our web store!
Landscape with archers by Gillis Mostaert I will be on display in Mudel for two more weeks!
‘SHOOT. Archery, a cultural heritage’ is an exhibition that focuses on the historical link between Deinze and archery. Its history will be extensively illustrated through various artistic, religious, historical, and sporting aspects. Until the 25th of September, you can book tickets and discover more about this fascinating work by Mostaert and more!
The Antwerp artist, Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641) cherished his friendships and he did so by depicting his closest friends – other artists, merchants, collectors or musicians – in a portrait.
The painting of the Antwerp musician and composer Henricus Liberti (ca. 1610-1669) emerged during the 17th century. Liberti was active as a singer and organist at the Antwerp Cathedral for at least thirty years, but his portrait by Van Dyck has been away from his Antwerp home for a very long time. From Bear Stake Gallery to Euston Hall, the portrait has been in England for more than two and a half centuries. Eventually, it did make its way back to Antwerp through The Phoebus Foundation.
Admire the portrait until the 12th of November at Museum Vleeshuis!
Want to know more about the fascinating portrait of Henricus? Read our Phoebus Focus XXVII Portrait of Henricus Liberti, available in our online store!
Last chance to visit our travelling treasure in STeM Sint-Niklaas!
We are proud that The First Atlas Map to Use the Word “America” is part of the Recht Door Zee exhibition, which focuses on navigating the world from 1500 until today. The exhibition highlights the ever-evolving knowledge of cartography, geography, and astronomy. Amongst others, manuscripts, portolan maps, handcrafted curiosities, and multiple historic naval objects are on display.
The First Atlas Map to Use the Word “America” ’ is an essential element as it contributed to maintaining the place name “America”. If It weren’t for French physician and mathematician, Laurent Fries (1485-1532), the name would have probably fallen out of use.
Until the 11th of September, the exhibition guides you through a time-traveling experience amongst three locations, covering almost 1200 square meters. Don’t miss it!
The Noordbrabants Museum in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL) is currently the place to be for fans of art from the Latem school!
The exhibition Symbolism in Flanders focuses on the first generation of artists from the picturesque artist village of Sint-Martens-Latem. Three important artists take the stage: sculptor Georg Minne, landscape specialist Valerius De Saedeleer and Gustave Van de Woestyne, known for his finely drawn, powerful peasant heads. The artworks of these talented masters express their urge to escape the modern, busy city and return to nature, origin and inner peace.
With no less than 6 loans from Gustave Van de Woestyne and Valerius De Saedeleer, we are very proud to have contributed to this exceptional exhibition!
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!
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 !
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.
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.
With no fewer than four loans, we are honoured to have contributed to this special project. Book your ticket now!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.