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"Antwerpen - Meyer van den Bergh museum" Museum Mayer Van den Bergh Tip by speed4turtles

Museum Mayer Van den Bergh, Antwerp: 4 reviews and 8 photos

  Inside Meyer van den Bergh museum
by speed4turtles

Schoorsteenmantel ( 15 th century )

In this world there are some collectors who are touched by grace: Fritz Mayer van den Bergh, who died in 1901, 43 years old, was one of them. After his death, his mother built this jewel of a house in neo-gothic to preserve his precious collection of medieval art and Renaissance. She hired an Antwerp architect, J.Hertogs, for the job. Even empty, this edifice merits a visit, if not only for its multi-coloured marble fireplaces but also for its brocaded hangings and its richly sculpted wainscoting!
The museum opened in 1924. Private property until 1951, the museum was bought by the city.

Take your time because this collection equals manyothers in National museums You can only see art of the highest quality, famous names were not important for Mayer van den Bergh. The collection assembles 3098 art objects and 2,000 medals and coins. Superb retables of the Passion skirt the statues of Evangelists. The top items of the museums are without any contest
the two original Pieter Breughel the Elder paintings: De Dulle Griet and the Twelve Proverbs. This Dulle Griet painting, maybe one of the most important in the world was bought by Mayer van den Bergh in a sale of a Koln for three times nothing. Breughel was not so much appreciated at that time but Mayer understood right away the quality of the painting. He was a very keen collector and Antwerp owes him a lot.




Address: Lange Gasthuisstraat 19, 2000 Antwerpen
Phone: + 32 (0)3-232 42 37

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  • Updated Oct 1, 2003
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