In the same church, you can find a second Bouts masterpiece: The Martyrdom of St Erasmus. Together with The Last Supper, today, almost 600 years later, it still adorns the place for which it was created. During the city’s New Horizons festival - more on that below - this set up will temporarily change. In the context of the exhibition Dieric Bouts. Creator of Images, two masterpieces have temporarily moved from St. Peter’s Church to the museum M Leuven. There they form the backbone of this exhibition. By mid-January 2024, they will be returned to their familiar spots in St. Peter’s Church.
And there is more, M Leuven offers another insight into the life and work of the Flemish Primitive. In 2019, the museum acquired the painting Christ crowned with thorns at an auction at Christie’s in New York. The canvas was created around 1470 in Bouts’ workshop. The high quality of this painting demonstrates that Bouts himself was closely involved in its creation.
It is extraordinary. Although the work of Dieric Bouts is spread across the most important museums in the world, it is only in Leuven that you get really close to the master. In St. Peter's Church, he and his paintings are at home forever.