Skip to main content
Niobe
Free Art and architecture Contemporary Outdoor

Niobe, is distraught, absolutely inconsolable and her tears ‘flow’ incessantly into the river Reie. No wonder, as all fourteen of this mythical mother's children were slaughtered. Niobe liked to boast about her fertility and commanded the residents of the city of Thebe to worship her, instead of Leto, the goddess of motherhood. Apollo and Artemis, Leto's two children, could not stomach this and took ruthless vengeance. The immense loss turned Niobe to stone in grief and her tears became the source of the Greek river Achelous, so the legend goes. Niobe was designed by Constant Permeke (1886-1952), a prominent Flemish expressionist. You will find various works by him in the Groeninge Museum, including his famous canvas ‘De papeters’ (‘Man eating MilkSoup’). Permeke was entirely self-taught in the discipline of sculpture.

Useful to know: the statue of Niobe is on loan to the Permeke Museum in Jabbeke from mid-March through early November 2024, owing to the 'Constant Permeke against the light' exhibition. Afterwards, the statue will return to Bruges.  

Getting there

Steenhouwersdijk , 8000 Brugge

Open in Google Maps

Nearest bus stop:
502817 Brugge Dijver

Nearest station:
Station Brugge

Nearest parking:
Pandreitje car park

Niobe

Steenhouwersdijk , 8000 Brugge

Often combined with

Nacht van de Makers

Nacht van de Makers

Free
Art
Bruges is a city of makers and this year, De Republiek, Handmade in Brugge and TURBO will highlight this fact during the Night of the...
Read more
De Sterre

De Sterre

I offer my guests the use of a summerhousen built in 1789 by a former owner of my listed home, dating back to the 16th century. You enjoy...
Gouden-Handstraat 3, 8000 Brugge
Read more