Exposition – Neighbours: Portraits from Flanders 1400-1700

7 September 2017 – 14 January 2018
Mauritshuis – Plein 29, 2511 CS Den Haag

From 7 September 2017 through 14 January 2018 the Mauritshuis will tell the story of Flemish portraiture using a selection of the best Flemish portraits from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Antwerp (KMSKA), including major works by Rogier van der Weyden, Hans Memling, Pieter Pourbus, Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck.

These portraits will be presented here together for the first time, along with complements from the Mauritshuis collection and a portrait by Jacob Jordaens from the Rijksmuseum.


In the Southern Netherlands (now Belgium), the art of portrait painting came into full bloom during the period from 1400 to 1700. During these three centuries, noblemen and wealthy citizens had themselves immortalised by the best Flemish artists of their time. These portraits remain very impressive due to the outstanding way in which the sitters’ facial features and the character were memorialised in paint.

Remarkably, almost all the sitters in this selection can be identified. This is why the exhibition will not only highlight what makes Flemish portraits so special, but also who appears in the pictures and the image they wanted to project. The striking portrait of Abraham Grapheus by the Antwerp-based portrait painter Cornelis de Vos has been restored specially for this exhibition, and will be on view in its refreshed state for the first time.


The exhibition Neighbours: Portraits from Flanders 1400–1700 was organised with the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA) and made possible in part by the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation, the BankGiro Lottery and a contribution from the estate of Mr G.A. den Hartog. The exhibition was supported by the Dutch government: an indemnity grant was provided by the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands on behalf of the Minister of Education, Culture and Science.

Exhibition : Neighbours: Portraits from Flanders 1400–1700
Dates : 7 September 2017 through 14 January 2018

The Mauritshuis is home to the best of Dutch Golden Age painting. The compact yet world-renowned collection is located in the heart of The Hague in The Netherlands, right next to the centre of government. Masterpieces such as Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt, The Goldfinch by Fabritius and The Bull by Potter are on permanent display in the intimate rooms of this seventeenth-century monument.

The Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp (KMSKA)

The Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp is the leading museum in Flanders. Its collection spans a period of seven centuries – from the 14th century to the end of the twentieth – and focuses principally on Flemish and Belgian artists, including Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling, Rogier van der Weyden, Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, Jacob Jordaens, Henri De Braekeleer, James Ensor, Rik Wouters, Constant Permeke, René Magritte, Paul Delvaux and Pierre Alechinksy. In addition, the museum’s holdings include absolute masterpieces by international artists such as Antonello da Messina, Jean Fouquet, Titian, Lucas Cranach I, Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Modigliani. Currently KMSKA is closed for renovations. The museum will reopen in September 2019 and will stage its first major exhibition in October: ‘Bruegel’s Booming Antwerp’. http://www.kmska.be and http://www.hetnieuwemuseum.be

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