Mayer van den Bergh Museum in Antwerp

01/27/2019

Yesterday, for the first time ever, I finally made it to the Mayer van den Bergh Museum in Antwerp (after doing some shopping in the city). What a discovery! And why have I not come here before?? Definitely a must-see.

You are greeted by a portrait of the young Fritz van den Bergh when going up the stairs. He was a passionate art collector and unfortunately died rather young at the age of only 43. His mother then decorated this house with his collection as a commemoration of her beloved son. It has been open to the public since 1952.

 

 

First impression: A stunning house that is filled with exquisite art pieces (and many of them!).

 

 

The collection contains lovely works from the Renaissance period,...

 

 

... which of course are usually based on stories from the bible. Here you can see Saint Francis, Saint Christopher with baby Jesus on his shoulders and Saint Hieronymus (left to right).

 

 

But they also have extremely intricate furniture...

 

 

... lovely sculptures...

 

 

... and all kinds of other things (e.g. also old keys).

 

 

However, the main attraction is certainly the collection of paintings that includes pieces by great masters, such as Rubens (who lived in Antwerp himself so that is somewhat less of a surprise)...

 

 

... German artist Lucas Cranach...

 

 

... and of course the world-famous "Dulle Griet" by Pieter Breugel the Elder. This very intricate piece has just returned to its home again after being on loan to the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna that hosted a mesmerizing Breugel exhibition during the last few months.

 

 

 

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