Even though we had seen some of Rubens´art before in other museums (and another one in St. Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent) I really enjoyed seeing the collection in this house. It was also interesting to look at art from different periods in his life, like the Adam and Eve painting from before he went to Italy up to the self-portrait when he was in his fifties.
But it was not only the paintings it was also the house with the furniture that was typical at the time, the sculptures, his work shop, the dining room and the beautiful garden that made it worth the visit.
We didn´t have a guide but me made use of the free audio guide which gives you plenty of background information.
Note that you can buy a combined (cheaper) ticket for visiting the Rubens House and the excellent Mayer van den Bergh museum. [more]
Memorial house of Rubens
The Memorial house of Peter Paul Rubens was Claudio's choice, I must admit, but I was very happy to have visited it. It's pretty close to the center, so it's very accessible. The house itself is amazing. The facade, even though it needed some restoration work, looks very imposing the the baroque style really draws your attention. The house also has a beautiful garden, where the painter may have gotten some inspiration for his work. The house, or better yet, the museum hosts some original paintings of Rubens and exposes some of his personal objects and furniture. It's pretty interesting to get a proper insight on how he lived, having in view that he lived more than 300 years ago. [more]
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