All the latest concerning new acquisitions, loans and spectacular discoveries in the museum's collection.
New rules for loan requests
20 May 2011
The Royal Museum of Fine Arts is closed for a major renovation. During the renovation the museum's collection will partially remain on view at other locations. The other part will remain in storage. For this reason it will not be possible to guarantee the operation of our loan programmes at the same level. Please note that:
- Requests for loans for exhibitions opening before July 2012 should be received before August 1st 2011.
- Requests for loans for exhibitions opening between July 2012 and 31st December 2014 should be received before December 21st 2011.
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The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp possesses an authentic Gossaert
24 August 2010
Restoration has revealed that Portrait of a Man, a painting that had previously been attributed to a follower of the Flemish Renaissance artist Jan Gossaert (1478-1532), was in fact painted by the Master himself. The portrait is part of the collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. It wil soon appear in the streets of New York as the posterboy of the exhibition Man, Myth and Sensual Pleasures: Jan Gossaert's Renaissance at The The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 'The Met' recently requested a loan of the painting for the exhibition. At that time the panel was still in very poor condition The original was barely visible through the thick layers of yellowed varnish, discoloured retouches and overpainted background. Maryan Ainsworth, curator of the exhibition, therefore proposed to have the painting restored at 'the Met' in preparation of the show. As a result of the treatment, the quality of the portrait is now fully apparent. Subsequently Ainsworth, a Gossaert expert, has been able to confirm that the work was painted by the Master himself.