The Ruben­shuis

Timeless Travels Magazine - - BELGIUM -

Home to An­twerp’s great­est painter for many years, this is where Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) lived with his fam­ily, painted and show­cased his art col­lec­tion. Rubens was re­spon­si­ble for de­sign­ing parts of his ‘mod­ern’ ur­ban palace, and it was where he died on 30 May 1640.

Orig­i­nally a sin­gle house, Rubens re­designed it as an Ital­ian palazzo (he had spent two years work­ing in Italy prior to buy­ing the house), while other parts were in­spired by his love of clas­si­cal an­tiq­uity. Af­ter his death, the house was rented

out, then sold and split into two dwellings and it was fi­nally ac­quired by the city of An­twerp in 1937. To­day, all the fur­ni­ture and works of art date to the 17th cen­tury and his old stu­dio is a gallery fea­tur­ing art by Rubens or those as­so­ci­ated with him, thereby pro­vid­ing a good idea of a 17th-cen­tury artist’s home.

DON’T MISS: The beau­ti­ful Ti­tian paint­ing, Por­trait of a Lady and her Daugh­ter, which is on a long term loan to the house. It was con­cealed for many years un­der­neath another paint­ing, To­bias and the An­gel, and only re­vealed when x-rayed in 1943. See more of its story at www.ruben­shuis.be/en

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