From 2 February 2013 at the Rockox House.
During the latter part of the sixteenth century and the early part of the seventeenth, the Scheldt city of Antwerp enjoyed an especially favourable artistic and economic climate that made it the prime production and trading centre for luxury articles. It was a time when many patricians and merchants built up rich collections of contemporary and ancient art, though the majority of those collections have – alas – come to be dispersed in the course of time.
A luxurious art cabinet
From 2 February 2013, however, visitors to the Rockox House in Antwerp will be able to see how an Antwerp art collection must have have appeared in the Golden Century. More particularly, the residence of burgomaster and patron Nicolaas Rockox (1560–1640) is being transformed into a luxurious art cabinet with top items from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp(closed for renovation) and the most important works from the Rockox House itself. On display will be a range of fine paintings by such masters as Rogier Van der Weyden, Hans Memling, Jan Van Eyck, Peter Paul Rubens and Antoon Van Dyck.
Download the visitors' guide (PDF, 3,42 MB)
Create your very own art cabinet
For this exhibition, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp has developed an online application for smartphone, tablet and pc. By surfing to www.hetguldencabinet.be you will discover all there is to know about the artworks in featured in The Golden Cabinet. Stroll through the rooms of Museum Rockoxhouse with your smartphone or tablet, and gain quick and easy access to information about all the items on show. Zoom in for close-up views of paintings and sculptures. Select your favourite pieces before, during or after your visit and compile your own private collection, just like Nicolaas Rockox did throughout his life. If you launch the webapp from a pc or laptop at home, you can arrange your favourite paintings and objects in your personal art cabinet using a picture of your own living room, dining room or even bathroom. There are attractive monthly prizes to be won for the best cabinets.
Focus 1 : Friends' books
From 28 September 2013 until 15 December 2013
Within the context of The Golden Cabinet, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp and the Rockox House Museum are organising a number of small-scale exhibitions. The first of these features friends' books. These treasures in pocket size were prized possessions in Rockox' time. The world was opening up and students sought adventure. Despite the fact that, in Leuven, the Southern Netherlands had a renowned university of its own, they went abroad to other centres to enrich their knowledge. Witness to this are the beautifully illustrated friends' books, with their original quotations, dedications, hidden messages, a variety of costumes, heraldic shields and landscapes.
The webapplication www.hetguldencabinet.be provides insight into the lives of the owners and the signatories of these books and reveals fascinating pages that are not on view in the exhibition. The application allows you to mark your favorite pages and share them with your friends. Visitors to The Golden Cabinet can borrow a tablet for the duration of their visit. Free WiFi is available for access from your own mobile appliance.
Download the visitors' guide (PDF, 3,63 MB)
Focus 2: Jerome: Iconography in the sixteenth and the seventeenth century
From 18 January 2014 until 13 April 2014
Jan Sanders van Hemessen’s picture of
Saint Jerome occupied a place of honour in Rockox’s art gallery or groote saleth and is
currently the only work from Rockox’s original collection that is in situ in the museum that was
his house. This second small-scale exhibition within the context of
The Golden Cabinet attempts to determine St. Jerome’s place in the pictorial art of the
Renaissance and the Baroque in Western Europe.