Flemish Masters Museum Tour
In the “Flemish Masters Museum Tour” – the sequel to the “Stay At Home Museum” – you get a virtual VIP tour of one of Flanders’ magnificent museums. A top expert zooms in on fascinating details and tells incredible stories about our heritage.
Would you also like to go on an intimate guided tour of masterpieces by Van Eyck, Bruegel, Rubens and Ensor, and take a look inside Hof van Busleyden? Enjoy a visit to the “Stay At Home Museum”: https://www.flemishmasters.com/en/events/stay-at-home-museum
Watch episode 1: Museum Mayer van den Bergh
Over the course of less than 10 years, Fritz Mayer van den Bergh (1858-1901) collected 6,000 art objects, including masterpieces such as Pieter Bruegel’s “Mad Meg”. Following his death, Fritz’ mother Henriëtte fulfilled his last wish: the plethora of paintings, sculptures, manuscripts and other artefacts would form the basis for a museum – Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Learn about Fritz’ expert eye and discover the art of collecting.
Watch episode 2: St. Peter’s Church, Leuven
Dieric Bouts made—and painted—history in 15th century Leuven. It was there that he created his version of The Last Supper. Never before had a painter depicted this iconic scene on such a monumental scale. It is a masterpiece that demonstrates an exceptional understanding of perspective, and features exquisitely detailed landscapes. The work still takes pride of place in St. Peter's Church, surrounded by gems by the Flemish Masters. Peter Carpeau, an expert in Ancient Art, takes you on a guided tour of the masterpieces and shares stories from this beautiful art-filled church.
Watch Episode 3: St. John's Hospital, Bruges
St. John's Hospital in Bruges proves that centuries-old heritage and modern art can go hand-in-hand. The 12th century building is one of the oldest hospitals in Europe and houses a wealth of art. The hospital contains such works as six original pieces by Flemish Primitive Hans Memling, including the famous St. Ursula Shrine. Memling's oeuvre had a great impact on the innumerable artistic generations that came after him. Director Eva Tahon tells you all you need to know about Hans Memling and modern art.
Watch Episode 4: KBR Museum, Brussels
600 years ago the Dukes of Burgundy ruled over our region. It was a fruitful era for art. This was the period during which the oeuvres of Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden emerged. The KBR Museum in Brussels is now revealing a new treasure trove: the library of the Dukes of Burgundy. This unique collection of 600-year-old manuscripts—including awe-inspiring miniatures—has now been opened to the public for the very first time. Conservator Ann Kelders guides you through the new museum and unveils the secrets of the Burgundians.