Flanders is fertile ground for art and heritage. This began long ago, when our Flemish Masters first influenced the art of painting. For a period spanning over 250 years, from the 15th century to far into the 17th, Flanders set the artistic tone in Western Europe. We inspired all the most important movements of the time, such as primitive art, Renaissance and Baroque.
Flanders’ impact is exemplified by luminaries such as Jan van Eyck, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Peter Paul Rubens and their contemporaries. Their skill, creativity and innovations made Flanders one of the world’s most important regions for the arts. Many following generations of artists built on these foundations, modern master James Ensor for example.
This impressive artistic heritage is omnipresent in Flanders. As well as museums containing a wealth of masterpieces, there is art to be found in numerous churches and castles, town halls and abbeys, chapels, artists’ homes and many other places. Flanders is one enormous museum, as it were, courtesy of the Flemish Masters.