"The Battle of the Amazons" was probably painted before the young Rubens left for Italy in 1600. The painting is interesting for two reasons: it is one of Rubens's oldest known works and his earliest known collaboration with his colleague and good friend Jan I Brueghel.
In January 2012, the King Baudouin Foundation purchased the "de Ganay manuscript", donating this valuable manuscript to the Rubens House as a permanent loan. The exhibition "Rubens: maverick artist. The master's theoretical notebook" celebrates this stunning addition to the collection by presenting it to the public.
This exhibition was organised on the occasion of the restoration of Jacob Jordaens's "The bagpipe player". Now that the restoration of this canvas has been completed, you can see the results for yourself in the Large Studio of the Rubens House.
In seventeenth-century Antwerp wealthy citizens tended to amass large art collections. But Rubens's collection was probably the largest in the city, with a large number of valuable collector's items and exclusive pieces.
Sam Dillemans is an important contemporary artist who has been living and working in Antwerp for several years. For this exhibition he was inspired by some well-known works by his illustrious colleague, Peter Paul Rubens.
For quite a long time, collecting art was a privilege of kings and the clergy. From the sixteenth century onwards, however, wealthy art-loving citizens also started to collect art. During his lifetime, Rubens also amassed an impressive art collection.