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Exhibition September 7, 2017 − January 14, 2018

"Neighbours. Portraits from Flanders 1400 — 1700"

Better a good neighbour than a distant friend. Armed with this motto, the Royal gallery Mauritshuis in the Hague this fall is the exposure "Neighbours. Portraits from Flanders 1400 — 1700". This is a selection of the best Flemish paintings from the Royal Museum of fine arts in Antwerp.

From 1400 through 1700 years the art of portrait painting in the Southern Netherlands (now Belgium) were included in the heyday. During these three centuries the nobles and wealthy citizens ordered your images the best Flemish artists of that time. These portraits are impressive in the first place, a consummate skill with which the facial features and the character of the heroes of the passed in colors.

The exhibition at the Mauritshuis presents outstanding works of Rogier van der Weyden, Hans Memling, Peter Pourbus, Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck. It is noteworthy that almost all of the personality in the portraits have been identified. Therefore, the exhibition not only highlights the features of the Flemish masters. It shows who were the heroes of these paintings and what we want to stand in front of the audience.

Especially for the show was restored amazing portrait of Abraham Grafea written by his colleague Cornelis de vos.