Visit Rubens one last time

Rubens House

The next few weeks are your last chance to visit the Rubens House. On 9 January, the museum will temporarily close for renovation and expansion. The Rubens House will bid farewell to the public with a lavish programme. 

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Rubens House presents two new acquisitions

The Rubens House has recently added two new acquisitions to its collection: Mountainous Landscape with Satyrs and Goats by a Cascade by the Flemish landscape artist Paul Bril (1554-1626) and Trapezophoros, an antique sculpture (2nd century AD).

Bril’s landscape painting is prominently featured in the The Art Gallery of Cornelis van der Geest and is now displayed alongside this painting. The Tra ...

Refurbishment of artist's home completes masterplan Rubens House

The planned redevelopment of the Rubens House - with a new reception building in Hopland and a newly laid out garden - has now been expanded to include a refurbishment of the museum itself. The Rubens House will be open up to and including 8 January 2023 but will remain closed for a longer period. It will welcome visitors again in 2027, the year in which we celebrate the 450th anniversary of ...

Presumed lost drawing by Rubens included in the Flemish List of Masterpieces

The Flemish Community has acquired a drawing by Peter Paul Rubens that was believed to be lost. The work is included in the Flemish List of Masterpieces and the Museum Plantin-Moretus has it on long-term loan.

It is a design that Rubens was commissioned to produce by the Moretus family for an illustration in the book Opticorum libri sex by the mathematician and physicist Franciscus Aguilonius ...

‘The Gallery of Cornelis van der Geest’ on display again at the Rubens House after a lengthy and complex restoration process

Willem van Haecht, De kunstkamer van Cornelis van der Geest, 1628, Rubenshuis, opname na restauratie

Following its restoration, The Gallery of Cornelis van der Geest has returned to the Rubens House in Antwerp. The original paint layer has been exposed again, revealing details that have remained hidden for many years. The wood cradle proved to be the greatest challenge for the restoration team, however. For centuries, high tensile forces in the wood caused repeated damage. A tailor-made secondary ...

In memoriam Prof. Dr. Arnout Balis

Het Rubenshuis, het Rubenianum en talloze vrienden en collega's in binnen- en buitenland zijn in diepe rouw na het onverwachte overlijden van Prof. dr. Arnout Balis (29 juli 1952-6 september 2021). Balis was een van de grootste kenners van Peter Paul Rubens, de kunstenaar aan wie hij zijn leven wijdde. Arnout Balis was een tomeloze, hartelijke, aanstekelijke inspirator die zijn kennersschap gul ...

Insight into the Rubens studio by research on study heads

Dr Nico Van Hout, Head of Collections Research at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA) explores the varied use of heads by Rubens and his assistants in Study Heads. His research reveals a huge amount about how the Baroque master’s studio operated. Besides working and collaborating at a very rapid rate, Rubens also set an extremely high standard when it came to preparation.

Astonishing ...

New infrastructure for the Rubens House and the Rubenianum

Robbrecht and Daem Architects have designed a new reception building for the Rubens House. With a multimedia experience centre, a museum café, a reading room and the Rubenianum’s extensive library collection, the design is an important link in the future vision for the Rubens House and the Rubenianum.

The new building at 13 Hopland provides breathing space for the entire site, as well as a new ...

Call for applications Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Deadline 31 March 2021

The Périer-D’Ieteren Foundation grants its support to a European visiting researcher at a Belgian university, to carry out postdoctoral research in the fields of art history or conservation-restoration under the supervision of a member of the university’s teaching staff. The grant will be awarded for a period of three to six months. The Foundation also offers selected ...

Online conference 'Step by step: Visualizing and asserting power in Netherlandish Joyous Entries'

385 years ago, on 17 April 1635, the Joyous Entry of Cardinal-Infant Ferdinand of Spain into Antwerp took place. These ephemeral, spectacular, and artistically ingenious events – which in 1635 had been designed by Peter Paul Rubens – shaped and transformed the early modern cities of the Spanish Netherlands.  

The online conference 'Step by step: Visualizing and asserting power in the ...