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29th October, 2019

Major Flemish painting exhibit opens tomorrow

A major art exhibition entitled “Rubens, Van Dyck and the Golden Age of Flemish Painting” is set to open at the Szépművészeti Múzeum on Wednesday.

The show will include 30 works by Peter Paul Rubens and 18 by Anthony Van Dyck on loan from 40 major public collections, including the Louvre, the Hermitage, the Prado, the National Gallery of Washington, the National Gallery in London, and the Liechtenstein Museum in Vienna.

The director of the latter said recently that there are not three museums in Europe today that could bring together such a large exhibition, said Szépművészeti director László Baán.

The paintings are insured to a total value of €345 million.

The exhibition is designed to allow visitors to get to know the golden age of Flemish painting, its antecedents, its historical, social and political background and its impact on art history.

The show also includes the museum’s recent Ft 2.1 billion acquisition, Van Dyck’s Portrait of Princess Henrietta Maria Stuart.

The show runs through February 16.

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