Ancient Art Museum : Michelin's recommendations
The collection of early Flemish work, as well as masterpeices by Bruegel the Elder and Rubens make this a museum of worldwide renown. It is situated in a classical style palace from the late 19C with a modern wing. The 15C and 16C sections include some real treasures from the Flemish, French, German, Dutch, Italian and Spanish schools. The Scenes from the Life of the Virgin Mary, by an anonymous Dutch master (late 14C), is one of the oldest paintings. You can also admire works by Van der Weyden (Antoine, Great Bastard of Burgundy), Robert Campin (Annunciation), Petrus Christus (Pietà), Dirk Bouts, Hans Memling (Madonna and Child), Jérôme Bosch (Calvary with Donor), Hugo Van der Goes (Madonna and Child) and Gérard David. Room 31 is devoted to the work of Bruegel the Elder. Here you will discover the range of his work across paintings such as Fall of the Rebel Angels or The Count at Bethlehem. The paintings in the rooms devoted to the Delporte Legacy include a masterpiece by Bruegel the Elder: Winter Landscape with Skaters and Bird Trapping. Rubens and Jordaens dominate the section devoted to 17C and 18C painting. Among the more remarkable paintings, there is the 'Adoration of the Magi, Raising the Calvary or The Negro Heads by Rubens and Allegory of Fecundity by Jordaens. You can also see paintings by Van Dyck, Teniers and Frans Hals.
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