Bernard van Orley (1488-1541) owned one of the largest ateliers of his era and played a fundamental role in the artistic life of Brussels in the first half of the 16th century. He is therefore considered an important link between the Flemish Primitives and Pieter Bruegel the Elder. With this exhibition on Van Orley, Brussels will host a long-anticipated world premiere, as for both historical and logistical reasons Brussels is the only location where a large retrospective of this Flemish master can be achieved. As his work is still on display in many churches and collections in and around Brussels, visitors will be able to follow an itinerary connecting the Brussels’ city centre to the European quarter and the Brussels Cinquantenaire Museum. By following a walking route, visitors are also invited to tread in the footsteps of the artist and discover the Brussels of the 16th century, including the Coudenberg with the remains of the palace of Charles V, the district of Saint-Géry, where Van Orley lived and worked, and the St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral where the stained glass windows of the artist can still be seen. This project is organised in collaboration with the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, the Royal Museums for Art and History and the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage.
Bernard van Orley: The road to Bruegel (Bozar)


Ravensteinstraat 23
1000 Brussels


From Wednesday, February 20, 2019
To Sunday, May 26, 2019


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