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“Cramped and overly-trodden by tour groups...”

Rubens House (Rubenshuis)
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Charleston, South Carolina
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“Cramped and overly-trodden by tour groups...”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

I have been a fan of Pieter Paul Rubens' work for most of my life. So you might think that visiting the Rubenshuis might be the fulfillment of a dream for me. Quite the opposite. While they have done a wonderful job, I am sure, of decorating the house to give a fascinating idea of what it was like when Rubens lived there, I found the whole experience irritating - partly because most of the rooms are small and you have to share them with one tour group after another.

The one part of the house that I really liked was Rubens studio, the largest room in the house. I sat on a couch in the middle and enjoyed taking in the selection of large paintings displayed there. That was the culmination of the tour of the house I suppose. Then it was back into the cramped hallways, which I got through as quickly as possible so I get out into the open spaces and breathe again. Disappointing, for sure, although I don't know how it could be otherwise given the circumstances.

Visited September 2012
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“Different view of Rubens”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

Rubens was a prolific artist, so I think anyone who has ever been to a museum has seen a Rubens painting (or three or four). It was great to see how a very successful artist of his day would have lived. The courtyard of the home was a particular highlight.

Visited January 2013
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Rome, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“A glimpse into the life of a great painter and businessman”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

Though the museum does not display many of Rubens' most famous paintings, it is a pleasant house, which walks you through the astonishing life of a man who was not only a great artist, but someone who knew how to promote himself with the powerful of his time. There is a very beautiful small portrait of his second wife, Helene Fourment, showing all the delicacy that Rubens was (sometimes) capable of.

Visited June 2012
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Hasselt, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
“Wonderfull old house that gives you a good idea how Rubens lived and worked.”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

This is a perfect example of how a house of a rich person looked like in the time Rubens lived. It also shows his work place. Don't miss this !

Visited July 2012
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Abu Dhabi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fascinating Sculptures”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

very calm and beautiful house...i am not much into arts, but i found the paints beautiful and the sculptures fascinating..i was particularly impressed by the sculptures of Hercules (2 nos.) .definitely worth a visit..

Visited October 2012
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