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.
Focus 3: The Parrot. ’t Cierlijk schoon van haare veeren*
From 8 November 2014 to 22 February 2015
As part 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 Parrot is the third such exhibition in the series. Following the stunning restoration of the painting The Holy family with parrot by Rubens (KMSKA), a work that has been given pride of place in The Golden Cabinet exhibition, we are turning our attention to the parrot in the pictorial art of the 16th and 17th centuries. Its magnificent plumage was a feast for the eye and a source of inspiration for countless artists. Beauty, wisdom, virginal, exotic and lover are just a few of the many predicates assigned to this bird. Besides Rubens’ work, interpretations of the parrot by Savery, Fijt, Jordaens, de Heem, Dürer, Schongauer and other artists will also be on display.
* The decorative beauty of its plumage
Download the visitors' guide (PDF, 20 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.