Rubens at home


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. From 1 june 2018
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’.  After more than a year, the restored Self-Portrait is home again. And you will discover new masterpieces by several of Rubens’s most talented pupils and contemporaries, plus outstanding works by the master himself.

The most eye-catching of these will be the Martyrdom of St Andrew from the Fondación Carlos de Amberes in Madrid, which is ‘coming home’ for the first time in nearly 400 years.

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View from the scaffolding

Work on the portico and the garden pavilion is still in full swing. Because of the restoration, the imposing portico, the focal point of the Rubens House, can’t be viewed in its entirety. ‘Antwerp Baroque 2018’ offers a one-off opportunity to climb the scaffolding and view the restoration at first hand: never before have visitors had such a great opportunity to get so close to Rubens’s architecture.

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Rubens House tip: Michaelina

Two of Antwerp’s museums, the Rubens House and the MAS, have uniquely joined forces to present the first survey anywhere in the world of the work of Michaelina Wautier (1604–1689). The exhibition will highlight the exceptional talent of this painter, who grew up in a period when women artists were extremely rare. Her work is so wide-ranging and individual that it challenges the art-historical imagination.

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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

Rubens at home

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