Travel with Rubens, Bruegel and van Eyck to their homeland Flanders, where art and creativity prevail.

Visit our Cities of Art: Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels, Ghent, Leuven and Mechelen.

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Flemish masters

Discover Flanders.
These four guides, painted by Rubens, will take you on a cultural journey.

Who are the Flemish Masters?

Peter Paul Rubens (1577 - 1640)

Peter Paul Rubens is widely known as a successful artist, but he was also an esteemed diplomat, polyglot and art collector. His brilliant spirit lives on in the city of Antwerp today, not just in its baroque paintings and architecture, but also as an inspiration for contemporary artists. In 2018, the city of Antwerp will celebrate its baroque cultural heritage and the Baroque lifestyle that is undeniably part of the city’s DNA.

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Pieter Bruegel (1525 - 1569)

Pieter Bruegel the Elder is largely responsible for the creation of Flanders’ national psyche and collective consciousness as hard working yet bon vivant. In Flanders, you can still find the beautiful landscapes, picturesque villages and the ‘joie de vivre’ that Bruegel painted so beautifully. But Flanders and the works of Bruegel are much more than that. 2019 is the time to find out just how much more there is to be discovered about Bruegel. Flanders will celebrate the 450th anniversary of the Master’s death with all the honours he deserves : an impressive series of exhibitions and events will showcase what an exceptional artist he was.

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Jan van Eyck (1390 - 1441)

Since its completion in 1432, millions of visitors from all over the world have travelled to Ghent to admire the altarpiece ‘The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ by Jan and Hubert van Eyck. But for more than four hundred years, we haven’t actually been looking at the real van Eyck, but at layers and layers of paint on top of the real thing. In 2020, the restored altarpiece is finally coming home to the Saint Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent. There is simply no valid excuse in the world to miss the chance to see this iconic and legendary masterpiece.

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