Top 7 Rubens activities in Antwerp
In Antwerp, the past is linked with the present through arts and artists. Also today, the city and Rubens are still fascinating when it comes to imagination and splendour. Looking for some inspiration? Here are our top seven activities.
Rubens’ houseRubens’ house – today one of the city’s major museums – was the home of the artist for many years and is a baroque classic. You can visit his studio and see his impressive art collection.
The Cathedral of Our LadyNot only the cathedral itself is impressive and worth a visit, it also houses prestigious works of art. Four masterpieces of Rubens are on permanent display.
Museum Plantin-MoretusFrom 1608 onwards, Rubens worked closely together with Balthasar I Moretus, a childhood friend of his. Rubens designed 24 title pages, illustrated books and painted portraits of the family, which are now part of the museum’s extensive collection.
St James’s ChurchThis is where the artist was laid to rest. Rubens chose the painting for the altar: his own ‘Our Lady surrounded by the saints’.
St Charles Borromeo and St Paul’s ChurchesRubens’ talents as an ecclesiastical Baroque architect are clearly visible in the St Charles Borromeo and St Paul’s Churches.
Rockox HouseThe former residence of the Antwerp mayor at the time, Nicolaas Rockox, and a friend and patron of Rubens is a treasure trove of Baroque art. It is being transformed into a luxurious art cabinet with top items from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts and the most important works from the Rockox house itself.
Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp
The Royal Museum of Fine Arts is currently closed for renovation. It will re-open in Spring 2019. It’ll be worth the wait as it houses one of the finest Rubens collections in Belgium.