Maison de Rubens : Michelin's recommendations
This house magnificently describes the life and mind of Rubens, whose works are present throughout Antwerp. This visit, which can be made with young children, will plunge you into a historical and pictorial atmosphere. It is indispensible for all lovers of Flemish painting and admirably complements the paintings you will find in the city's other museums and churches. The house was bought by the painter in 1610, one year after his marriage to Isabelle Brandt. He spent many years here and gradually turned it into a palace. This is where his large studio was, full of his small and large paintings. Once he re-married, this time to Hélène Fourment, he brought up his eight children here. The house was renovated in 1946. In the left wing, you will find the living rooms (in Flemish style), decorated with old tiles, golden leathers, 17C furniture and several paintings. In the dining room, see a self-portrait by Rubens. In the right wing, the studio contains a balcony where the painter's followers would contemplate his work. In the courtyard, you will notice the baroque façade of the studio, with its busts of philosophers and mythological scenes. A portico links the two buildings and looks onto a garden with three arches that Rubens portrayed in several of his paintings. The 17C garden was rebuilt from engravings and paintings of the tiem.
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