Pieter Pourbus and the forgotten Masters

This autumn, come and acquaint yourself with the forgotten masters from 16th century Bruges. See what the Bruges art world was like during an economic recession and stand in admiration before the impressive oeuvre of Pieter Pourbus and forgotten masters, such as Marcus Gerards, Pieter I Claeissens and his sons Gillis, Pieter II and Antonius.

In the 16th century, Bruges experienced an economic recession, and the city became drained of life. Young artists left for Antwerp, which hailed itself as the new capital of art of Flanders. However, using its famous artistic past as a source of inspiration, Bruges soon developed a new style all of its own.

Pieter Pourbus is one of the artistic exceptions when he started to work in Bruges in 1543 with Lancelot Blondeel. Under the experienced eye of the Bruges master, Pourbus developed into the up-and-coming talent and managed to attract many prominent assignments. From the 'Last Judgement' and the 'Annunciation' to striking portraits of the leading families of Bruges.

The surprising highlight of the exhibition is the oeuvre of the Claeissens family. Recent research has identified and reconstructed their oeuvre, which has remained unknown for centuries. You will be able to acquaint yourself with the extensive collection of Pieter I Claeissens and his sons.

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Period: 13/10/2017 - 21/01/2018
Location: Groeningemuseum
€ 8,00 (permanent collection included)
€ 6,00 (> 65 y. and 12-25 y.)
Free: -12 years & primary and secondary school students
(accompanied by teacher)
Free with Museumpas and membership card Vrienden Musea Brugge