Rubens in private

Temporary exhibition

In "Rubens in private" you can discover another, more private side to Rubens, as a painter of portraits of his family members. Fifty stunning portraits of his loved ones return home for the first time in a very long time.

About the expo

In the spring of 2015, a unique exhibition will be held on Peter Paul Rubens the portrait painter. Even though Rubens is said to have disliked painting portraits with a passion, and painting portraits was not highly regarded in art theory either, Rubens is one of best portraitists of his time.

His finest and most intimate portraits are undoubtedly those of his relatives: both his wives – Isabella who died young and beautiful Helena –, his children, along with his sisters and brothers in law. And of course, the master also indulged in self-portraits.

These works were not commissioned but were a labour of love and served as keepsakes. For the first time, these amazing works are exhibited together, and not least at a place where they belong: Rubens’ former home in Antwerp.

The exhibition is curated by international Rubens experts and includes some 50 paintings and drawings from top-ranking museums, including the Uffizi in Florence, the British Museum in London, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Hermitage in St Petersburg and the collections of the Prince of Liechtenstein, and the Royal Collection, generously loaned by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.



Rubens in private. The master portrays his family

  • From 28 March 2015 until 28 June 2015
  • Closed on Monday, 1 May (Labour Day) and 14 May (Ascension)
  • Admission fees: € 10 / € 8 / free
  • Location: The Rubens House


The exhibition space is on the first floor. The Rubens House is a historic building and has no elevator. As a result there is no wheelchair/pushchair access.


Book your ticket online so you don’t have to wait on your actual visit to the museum. Admission is free on every last Wednesday of the month. No online booking on these days.

Admission fees


  • Full tariff


  • 12 – 25 years
  • + 65
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Groups over 12 persons
  • A-Card holders in exchange for 10 points

€ 0

  • Under 12
  • Essential companion for the person with disabilities
  • A-card Omnio
  • Professionals with valid card: ICOM, press, teachers, city guides, friends of the Antwerp City Museums
  • City Card
  • Gift voucher