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Neighbours Portraits from Flanders: van der Weyden, Memling, Jordaens Rubens and van Dyck.
7 September, 2017 - 8 September, 2017
In the Southern Netherlands (now Belgium), the art of portrait painting came into full bloom during the period from 1400 to 1700. During these three centuries, noblemen and wealthy citizens had themselves immortalised by the best Flemish artists of their time.
These portraits remain very impressive due to the outstanding way in which the sitters’ facial features and the character were memorialised in. Neighbours. Portraits from Flanders 1400-1700 will be open at Maurithuis from 7 September 2017 until 14 January 2018,
During the autumn of 2017, the Mauritshuis will tell the story of Flemish portraiture using a selection of the best Flemish portraits from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Antwerp (KMSKA), including major works by Rogier van der Weyden, Hans Memling, Pieter Pourbus, Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck.
These portraits will be presented here together for the first time, along with complements from the Mauritshuis collection and a portrait of Jacob Jordaens from the Rijksmuseum. Remarkably, almost all the sitters can be identified. This is why the exhibition will not only highlight what makes Flemish portraits so special but also who appears in the pictures and how they wanted to be viewed.
The striking portrait of Abraham Grapheus by the Antwerp-based portrait painter Cornelis de Vos has been restored especially for this exhibition, and will be on view it in its refreshed state for the first time. The Mauritshuis is the only venue for this exhibition, which is a collaboration with the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Antwerp (KMSKA), closed for renovations until 2019.