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History

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The Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp (KMSKA) presents seven hundred years of art history in an extraordinary 19th-century setting. The oldest pieces in the collection, four unique panels by Simone Martini, date from the 14th century, the most recent are from the 1970s.

The KMSKA holds work by, among others, the Flemish Primitives, Peter Paul Rubens, Rik Wouters and James Ensor. In addition to its collection of Southern Netherlandish art, the museum also possesses some notable foreign treasures.

This wonderful international mix of old and modern art is the result of several centuries of intensive collecting, first by the Guild of St Luke, then by the Academy and finally by the Museum.

On these pages you can find out more about the origins of the museum collection, the history of the present museum building and the various curators who have led the KMSKA over the years.

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Permanent collection

  • As the Old Sing, So the Young Pipe (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    As the Old Sing, So the Young Pipe

  • September Sixteenth (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    September Sixteenth

  • Meleager and Atalanta (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Meleager and Atalanta

  • The Intrigue (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    The Intrigue

  • Ironing (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Ironing

  • Madonna Surrounded by Seraphim and Cherubim (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Madonna Surrounded by Seraphim and Cherubim

  • The Man in the Chair (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    The Man in the Chair

  • Venus Frigida (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Venus Frigida

  • Pierre de Wissant. Burgher of Calais (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Pierre de Wissant. Burgher of Calais

  • Card Players (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Card Players

  • Vespers (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Vespers

Museum offices

Lange Kievitstraat 111-113 bus 100, B-2018 Antwerpen

T +32 (0)3 224 95 50