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"Antwerpen - Rubenshuis portiek" Rubenshuis - Rubens House Tip by speed4turtles

Rubenshuis - Rubens House, Antwerp: 52 reviews and 73 photos

  Rubenshouse porch
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Rubenshuis portiek ( 1610 )

The house he built in 1610 will be the one he will live the rest of his life. Designed after his own plans, influenced by the Italian Renaissance style, beautiful and practical, perfectly disposed, as well as for the pleasure of the eyes and life as for the functional necessities of his work, he will conceive and execute here most of his master works. A rough estimation is that he produced 2500 works during his life. Obviously the painters pupil union didn't exist at that time to temper the zeal of the master! Work had to be done with a strict discipline and organization. The project was almost more important than the final product because it emanated from the artist himself, while a part of the work was done by his pupils. A few famous ones were Anthony Van Dijck, Jacob Jordaens, the Velvet Brueghel.
If the facades on the street side are quite sober, the monumental baroque exuberance explodes in the inner courtyard. Obviously, Rubens took his inspiration in Italy for his garden and decorations. Not only did he decorate the area with niches, frontons, not only did he enhance the interior facades with garlands, he edified two different building face to face, connected by a genuine triumph arch, sort of magisterial synthesis of the Flemish and Italian character of the house.
The perspective on the garden and the garden pavilion completes the decor. The Rubens house is considered as one of the masterpieces of Flemish baroque, just like the admirable Grand Place in Brussels or the beautiful Saint-Charles Borromeus church in Antwerp.





Address: Wapper 9-11, 2000 Antwerpen
Directions: side street of the shopping street Meir
Phone: + 32 (0)3-201 15 55

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  • Updated Oct 1, 2003
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