And I'll provide you with the go-to places.
Some of Rubens' contemporaries specialised in creating specific scenes. Take Frans Snijders, for example; he specialised in hunting and market scenes, and animals. Snijders paints with such realism that his scenes are almost tangible and his compositions perfectly show the tragic nature that is typical of the Baroque. It is this talent that means Snijders was sought out by painters to help complete their masterpieces. Snijders painted at least 60 hunting scenes and animals for Rubens.
When it comes to brewing beer, no one does it better than the Belgians. Our brewers use the best ingredients (such as hops and malt), but it's mainly their craftsmanship that puts them on the map. And that's why UNESCO has given the Belgian beer culture a well deserved place on the world heritage list.
It wasn't until towards the end of his life that Peter Paul Rubens started painting Flemish landscapes. He no longer had to prove himself and could afford more artistic freedom. He simply painted what he liked. The artist's deep love for the Flemish landscape clearly shows in these late Rubens paintings.
In the Rubens House you can admire the kitchen of the 17th century. Back then most cooking was done in the fireplace. With the help of a hearth chain, the cook could hang pots higher or lower. Sausages and fish would be hung to smoke on the mantelpiece. Fortunately, things are easier now.
Meet my friends.
|Painter:||Peter Paul Rubens|
Of course I, Bacchus, am the god of wine. Better still, I'm all about simply enjoying life. This is perhaps why Rubens painted me with such devotion. I will be your guide through culinary Flanders.