Antwerp – Rubenshuis, Rockox Haus, and the Mayer Van den Bergh Museums

We will begin our tour at Ruben’s House.  Originally purchased in 1610, he lived there with his family for many years.  It would pass through various owners until it’s repurposing as a museum in the 1970’s. The rooms are set up with furnishings and objects consistent with Ruben’s lifetime and are filled with many examples of his artwork.  We will conclude our visit with guided drawing in the formal Flemish and Italian style Renaissance garden.  After lunch, the group will travel on to Rockox  house that currently houses part of the collection of Flemish works from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts (currently under renovation). This collection, along with the permanent collection of The Rockox House, features works by 16th and 17th century  Flemish masters.  We will conclude our day at the Mayer Van den Bergh Museum to view the examples of works by 16th century Flemish artist Peter Brueghel.

Academic Objectives

  1. Observe examples of portrait painting from the Flemish collections.
  2. Observe and document models of portraiture you might employ in your portrait work.Learn to draw on site from the landscape and architecture
  3. Collect an example in photo form of a style of painting you could emulate