A nice bit of social history (albeit of the rich). Lots of insight into how Rubens lived and a bit onto the history of the Low countries and Antwerp- certainly worth a visit
It was a nice size exhibition, where there was not too much information so that you end up feeling drained. It is small, so not many people are allowed in the rooms at a time. Plenty of paintings on show and other artefacts that are very interesting
The Netherlands and Belgium seem to share a taste for small museums that are really little gems. And they share a particular fascination with the houses of their great painters: Rembrandt, Vermeer--and Rubens. Rubens was headquartered in Antwerp during his years as an established artist and it is clear from this wonderful house how much better a businessman he was... More
Ruben's House is a delight! Best appreciated if you like Flemish architecture and interior style but surprisingly intimate in many ways, the kitchen tiling is wonderful and the kitchen fireplace and batterie de cuisine are to die for. You could imagine living in the place - minus the more gruesome still life paintings - with the aid of just a... More
I'd always wanted to see this house as it had appeared in an Arch Digest book. Despite the gray day, the house didn't disappoint. Rooms are sparsely decorated, but there's beautiful paintings and extraordinary gilt leather walls. It's not huge but surprisingly grand. The garden was lively as well. Must visit if you're in town.
Wonderful house and gardens and stocked with a very fine selection of art by both Rubens and quite a few of his contemporaries and old masters. Can be tiring but there are gallery seats provided along the way to rest your legs and soak up the art. Good morning trip, followed by lunch at Fabiola.
A beautifully restored 1600's residence and art gallery with a well assembled collection of the master artist. Be sure to take the audio commentary which is full of life and very informative and only costs 2 Euros. The entrance fee is also very reasonable (8 Euros) and given the quality of this museum, appears to be very cheap.
A year after marrying Isabella Brant in 1609, Rubens began construction on an Italian-style villa. Rubens designed the building himself, based on studies of Italian Renaissance palace architecture. The spirit is amazing!
We were told this place gets very crowded in summer but on a wet day in December it was fine. It is a fascinating place for not only do you see a fabulous house but also some great works by Rubens himself. There are also some of his own treasures. There was a temporary exhibition of Rubens drawing books which... More
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