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Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels

The cook, Pieter Aertsen

The large square of Haarlem, Gerrit Adriaenszoon Berckheyde

Drinkers in the yard, Adriaen Brouwer

Census at Bethlehem, Pieter Bruegel the Elder

The Annunciation, Robert Campin

Elijah is fed by a raven, Gillis van Coninxloo

Portrait of Dr . Johannes Schoner, Lucas Cranach the Elder

The Madonna of the Milk Soup, Gerard David

The Death of Marat, Jacques-Louis David

Portrait of the sculptor François Duquesnoy, Anthony van Dyck

Veterans' Festival, Henri Evenepoel

Portrait of Suzanne Bambridge, Paul Gauguin

Three Children with a Goat Cart, Frans Hals

Willem van Heythuysen, Frans Hals

The Descent from the Cross, Jan Sanders van Hemessen

The Prodigal Son, Jan Sanders van Hemessen

Fertility of the earth, Jacob Jordaens

Satyr and the Peasant, Jacob Jordaens

Portrait of a man, Willem Key

Art (Tenderness of the Sphinx), Fernand Khnopff

Lot and His Daughters , Jan Massys

Madonna and Child with Angels, Master of Moulins

Portrait of Barbara van Vlaendenbergh, Hans Memling

Portrait of Willem Moreel, Hans Memling

Martyrdom of St. Sebastian Hans Memling

Portrait of Margaret of Austria, Bernard van Orley

Portrait of Georg Zelle, Bernard van Orley

Lamentation of Christ, Bernard van Orley

Fall of Phaethon , Peter Paul Rubens

Overthrow of the Titans, Peter Paul Rubens

Rape of Hippodamia, Peter Paul Rubens

Birds in a Landscape, Roelant Savery

Deer hunting, Frans Snyders

Portrait of Antonius Anselmus, His Wife and Their Children, Marten de Vos

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (Dutch: Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België, French: Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique) is an art museum in Brussels, Belgium.

The museum

The museums are situated in the capital Brussels in the downtown area on the Coudenberg. There are four museums connected with the Royal Museum, and two of them (the Museum of Ancient Art and the Museum of Modern Art, Brussels), are in the main building. The other two (the Constantin Meunier Museum and the Antoine Wiertz Museum) are dedicated to specific Belgian artists, are much smaller, and are located a few kilometers from the city center.

The Royal Museum contains over 20,000 drawings, sculptures, and paintings, which date from the early 15th century to the present. The museum has an extensive collection of Flemish painting, among them paintings by Bruegel and Rogier van der Weyden, Robert Campin (the Master of Flémalle), Anthony van Dyck, and Jacob Jordaens. The museum is also proud of its "Rubens Room", which houses more than 20 paintings by the artist.

The painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, long-attributed to Brueghel, is located here and forms the subject of W. H. Auden's famous poem Musée des Beaux Arts, named after the museum.

There are constant changing exhibitions.

The chief curators of the museum were :

from 1961 till 1984 Philippe Robert-Jones

The building

The main building which now houses the Museum of Ancient Art was built as the Palais des Beaux-Arts, designed by Belgian architect Alphonse Balat and funded by King Leopold II. Balat was the king's principal architect, and this was one part of the king's vast building program for Belgium. The building was completed in 1887, and stands as an example of the Beaux-Arts architecture use of themed statuary to assert the identity and meaning of the building.[1]

The extensive program of architectural sculpture includes the four figures of Music, Architecture, Sculpture, and Painting atop the four main piers, the work of sculptors Égide Mélot (fr), Joseph Geefs, Louis Samain, and Guillaume de Groot respectively. The finial, gilded Genius of Art was also designed by de Groot. The three rondels of Rubens, van Ruysbroek, and Jean de Bologne, who represent painting, architecture, and sculpture, are the work of Antoine-Joseph Van Rasbourgh, Antoine-Félix Bouré and Jean Cuypers. The two bas-relief panels are Music by Thomas Vincotte and Industrial Arts by Charles Brunin. The two bronze groups on pedestals represent The Crowning of Art by Paul de Vigne, and The Teaching of Art by Charles van der Stappen.[2]

On the side of the building, a memorial commemorates five members of the Mouvement National Royaliste, a resistance group, killed during the liberation of Brussels on 3–4 September 1944.[3]
See also

Belgian Federal Science Policy Office
Centre for Fine Arts
Colijn de Coter
Culture of Belgium
Royal Museums for Art and History

Further reading

Grant Allen (1904), "Brussels Picture Gallery", Belgium: its cities, Boston: Page


Fine-arts-museum.be accessed 9/1/10
Chronique d'un musée: Musées royaux des beaux-arts de Belgique, Bruxelles By Franc̜oise Roberts-Jones, page 41
"Monument: National Royalists Monument". Brussels Remembers.

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