The Master Lives On

New masterpieces and uncovered secrets are what the Rubens House has in store for you during ‘Antwerp Baroque 2018’. The collection will be enriched with new masterpieces, while you can discover Rubens’s secrets thanks to the restoration of his self-portrait and the portico and garden pavilion.
Friday 01 June 2018 - Sunday 13 January 2019 from 10:00 to 17:00
Individual visitors

Masterpieces enrich the Rubens House

The Rubens House collection will be enriched with several exceptional masterpieces specially for the festival ‘Antwerp Baroque 2018: Rubens Inspires’. The museum had already welcomed works by Tintoretto, Titian and Anthony van Dyck, which will now be joined by other illustrious guests: masterpieces by several of his most talented pupils and contemporaries, plus outstanding works by Rubens himself, which are returning to the place they were painted for the first time in 400 years.

The new arrivals will be announced in the course of the festival.


Uncovering Rubens’s secrets

Hypermodern techniques are used nowadays to uncover artists’ secrets during the restoration of their work. The Rubens House too has applied high-tech equipment during the restoration of Rubens’s Self-Portrait and the results are amazing. The restored Self-Portrait will be presented during ‘Antwerp Baroque 2018’: after more than a year, the work will soon be home again. The original paint layer has been exposed, enabling the panel to reveal all sorts of details that had lain hidden for years. Digital applications show how the restorers went about their work and the high-tech methods they used.

The portico and garden pavilion at the Rubens House are also being restored. These two 400-year-old elements are all that remains of Rubens’s original home, and also provide rare evidence of the master’s work as an architect. The restoration works will be open to the public during the festival year, enabling you to follow and experience the restoration in situ. Tours, lectures, site visits and a range of digital applications will help you discover the specialist skills of the restorers. There has never been such an opportunity to get so close to Rubens’s architecture.

Details of the tours and site visits will be announced in the spring of 2018.


Nowhere closer to Rubens

Nowhere in the world do you get closer to Rubens than at the Rubens House. It was here that one of the greatest artists of all time lived with his first and second wives and children. Here that he and his assistants painted in his majestic studio. Here that he strolled and talked philosophy in the garden with his friends. Here that he cherished his incomparable art collection. And it was also here that he died in 1640. Rubens showed who he really was in this house: painter, art collector, father, friend and architect.

‘Antwerp Baroque 2018’ is the ideal opportunity to make or renew your acquaintance with the Rubens House!


Practical information

The Master Lives On

  • From 1 June 2018 to 13 January 2019
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Mondays)
  • Price: € 10/ € 8 / free