The Snyders&Rockox House Museum presents :
Jan Brueghel I (1568–1625)

A magnificent Draughtsman

5 October 2019 to 26 January 2020

snijders rockoxhuis breughel amsterdamIn 2019, we are looking back in Flanders and in Brussels at the crucial role that Pieter Bruegel the Elder played in the art-historical landscape of the sixteenth century. The 450th anniversary of his death is a good moment at which to rediscover the work of Jan Brueghel the Elder.

The Snyders&Rockox House is therefore taking a closer look at the drawings of Jan Brueghel I (1568–1625), son of Pieter Bruegel the Elder and brother of Pieter the Younger. Together with Peter Paul Rubens, Jan was one of the most successful Flemish artists of the first quarter of the seventeenth century. He was at home in every market – an inspired painter of landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, historical themes, hunting scenes and allegorical and mythological subjects. Jan is seen as the inventor of the floral still, but he was also an important innovator in the depiction of landscapes, in which his father’s artistic legacy and his visit to Italy played no small part.

The art of painting is underpinned by that of drawing, by which the artist’s talent and creativity can be measured. No previous exhibition has been dedicated solely to the drawn oeuvre of Jan Brueghel I. This major event is curated by Jan Brueghel scholars Dr Teréz Gerszi and Dr Louisa Wood Ruby, supported by Bernadett Tóth.

The exhibition will feature some fifty drawings and several paintings, loaned by leading institutions like the Louvre, Rijksmuseum and British Museum.

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©Antwerpen, Museum Plantin Moretus-Prentenkabinet
©Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum

Cokeryen. Photo, film, food by Tony Le Duc.

Snijders&Rockox house, from 28/9/2018 until 13/1/2019.

Snijders Rockoxhuis tentoonstelling cokeryenThe culinary photographer Tony Le Duc knows how to raise food to the level of art, a talent he shares with the Baroque painter Frans Snijders. Le Duc draws inspiration from the food still lifes of the Baroque, while offering a fresh look at that period - literally and figuratively - through new photographic and video work. A delicious exhibition at the new Snyders&Rockox House!

Carp and ginger; cinnamon and raisins; quail, thrush, chaffinch and suchlike in pastry; pottage...

These were all items on the 17th-century citizen’s menu as well as ingredients found in the impressive market scenes and still lifes of Frans Snyders and his contemporaries. Culinary photographer Tony Le Duc has a similar keen eye to Snyders, and both elevate food to the level of art. Le Duc uses colour and composition to perform his magic. Placing his photographs alongside 17th-century still lifes creates a fascinating contrast. A delicious exhibition in the house and studio of Frans Snyders himself, which opens to the public in 2018 next door to the Rockox House.

And when you’re through feasting your eyes, you can treat yourself to a typical Baroque meal in the restaurant or the Baroque food truck.

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Download programme Antwerp Barok 2018


The Golden Cabinet. The Royal Museum at the Rockox House

Until 2 July 2017

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During the latter part of the sixteenth century and the early part of the seventeenth, the city of Antwerp enjoyed an especially favourable artistic and economic climate that made it the prime production and trading centre for luxury articles. It was a time when many patricians and merchants built up rich collections of contemporary and ancient art, though the majority of those collections have – alas – come to be dispersed in the course of time.

Visitors to the Rockox House in Antwerp will be able to see how an Antwerp art collection must have appeared in the Golden Century. More particularly, the residence of burgomaster and patron Nicolaas Rockox (1560–1640) is being transformed into a luxurious art cabinet with top items from Antwerp’s Royal Museum of Fine Arts (closed for renovation) and the most important works from the Rockox House itself. On display will be a range of fine paintings by such masters as van der Weyden, Memling, van Eyck, Rubens and van Dyck.



The Sky is the Limit. The landscape of the Low Countries. Rockox House Museum, in conjunction with the KMSKA and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

25 March through 2 July 2017

Snijders Rockoxhuis sky is the limit

Painting underwent a revolution during the course of the 16th century. New genres, including landscapes, took the art world by storm and flowed into the collections of rich patricians, traders and the nobility. Landscape served as background subject-matter for biblical and mythological scenes, but painters started to express themselves with the new genre in the creation of endless variations on townscapes, mountainscapes, panoramas, depictions of hell and seascapes.

One of the pioneers of Flemish landscape painting was Joachim Patinir. Pieter Bruegel the Elder was painting 'world landscapes' around the middle of the 16th century. In the 17th century, Rubens refocused attention on the landscape with his penchant for the countryside, his panoramic views and the rich diversity of colour on his palette.

The exhibition is made up of loans from the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister Dresden, which will itself be devoting a major exhibition to this subject in the autumn of 2016, together with landscapes from the KMSKA and the Rockox House.


Clara Peeters

18 June through 2 October 2016 at the Rockox House Museum

Snijders Rockoxhuis Clara Peeters

The Rockox House and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA) are organising a series of small-scale exhibitions as part of the Golden Cabinet initiative. Clara Peeters:Dinner is served! is number six.

Clara Peeters was an outsider – one of the few female fine artists in the early seventeenth century, not to mention a pioneer in the development of still life as a genre.

We know very little about her life.She worked in Antwerp in the first quarter of the seventeenth century, and a mere forty paintings have been attributed to her. Her still lifes – banquets, fish platters and bouquets – are a feast for the eye. But what is their deeper meaning? What was the value of Chinese porcelain to a middle-class household in 1610? What made her combine an artichoke with other delicacies and exquisite objects? Clara Peeters: Dinner is served! sets out to answer these and other questions evoked by the sometimes enigmatic work of this fascinating artist.

This exhibition has been organised in collaboration with the Prado Museum in Madrid.

The exhibition will move to the Prado in the autumn.

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