The Rubenianum is the Research Institute for Flemish Art of the 16th and 17th centuries in Antwerp. The institute is focused on art of the late-Middle Ages up until the 18th Century in Western Europe. The Rubenianum is known for its rich art documentation and research archives, and its specialised library collection covering the art and artists from this period.

Our library contains some 85.000 volumes (books, reprints, exhibitions and file and auction catalogs) and 90 current journals. The emphasis lies on the art of the Southern Low Countries from the 16th and 17th Centuries. In addition to information on the three great Antwerp Baroque Masters Rubens, Van Dyck and Jordaens, we also collect documentation on lesser known Flemish artists and influential Western European Masters. Here you will find information about all aspects of Renaissance and Baroque art: from the expressive arts dealing with architecture to decorative and applied arts and contextual sciences. These research collections are to be found online through the Anet catalog, through WorldCat and through the catalog of the Art Discovery Group. The digital artwork documentation is published by RKDimages.


In 1963 the Rubenianum acquired the extensive archive of Ludwig Burchard (1886-1960). For years, this eminent Rubens expert collected reports, photographs, clippings and books dealing with Flemish painting from the 16th and 17th Centuries. His work thus formed the base of our collections and is the source par excellence for the composition of the oeuvre catalogs of Peter Paul Rubens: the Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard.


The Rubenianum is situated in the heart of Antwerp, in a side street of the Meir. Every weekday our reading room is freely accessible to the public. Everyone is welcome. We support the interested amateur as well as the specialised researcher. Our collections can be consulted at no cost in the reading room on the first floor of the library building on the Kolvenierstraat 20. This is also fully accessible for wheelchairs with the lift.


Where: Kolvenierstraat 20, 2000 Antwerp
Opening Hours: From Monday through Friday, from 8:30 to 12:00 and from 13:00 to 16:30
Persons Responsible: Véronique Van de Kerckhof (Director), Ute Staes (Librarian) and Lieneke Nijkamp (Documentation and Archives Curator)
Phone: 0032 3 201 15 77
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