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