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Portiek en tuinpaviljoen Rubenshuis

360° photography reveals secrets of restored portico and garden pavilion

Why did Rubens incorporate an ox skull in the portal? What is the meaning of the Latin proverbs above the portico entrances? Why did Rubens place a statue of Hercules in his garden pavilion? A unique online tour featuring 360° photography uncovers the portico and pavilion’s secrets and brings to life some rare traces of Rubens the architect.

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Online talk with Ben van Beneden

"No botox, no fillers, no repairs, no false nose, no false ears. No, keep the original material as much as possible." This is how director Ben van Beneden describes the essence of the restoration of the portico and garden pavilion. In 15 minutes he takes you on a journey of 400 years through time. His story starts with the restoration of the Rubens House in 1939 and makes a few detours to the 17th century.

Restoration of portico and garden pavilion completed

The imposing portico and garden pavilion at the Rubens House can now be viewed again by the public. After a year and a half, their restoration is complete. Rubens designed both features himself, making them rare evidence of Rubens as an architect.

Rubens House wins Europa Nostra Award

The 2020 European Heritage Awards/Europa Nostra Awards saw the Rubens House honoured with one of the world’s most renowned heritage prizes for the restoration of its portico and garden pavilion.

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The Rubens House: always open online

The museum is always open online. Take a digital tour of the museum with director Ben van Beneden, learn everything about the portico and garden pavilion with an online talk and a 360° photography tour, check out our acquisitions and loans or find out more about Rubens by taking our audio tour ‘The Master Lives’ via the Antwerp Museum App.