© Jelle Vermeersch
The Rubens House today
As an adjunct to the Van Dyck year in 1999, the architect Stéphane Beel designed a functional pavilion in front of the artist’s house.
Following this addition, the visitor facilities such as the cloakroom, desk and museum shop have been re-located from the museum itself. This change has reduced the pressure on the ‘house’ and has proved beneficial for the routing and the collection.
In 1610, two years after his return from Italy, Rubens and his wife Isabella Brant bought a house with land on the Wapper.
After Rubens’s death in 1640, his second wife, Helena Fourment, continued to live in the Wapper for several years.
From the second half of the eighteenth century, the Rubens House was subjected to various renovations and was somewhat forgotten.
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