Two hundred drawings from the Plantin-Moretus Museum were recently added to the Flemish masterpieces list. This summer we present 25 of these masterpieces, unique drawings from the seventeenth century.The Plantin-Moretus Museum is well represented in the Flemish masterpiece list. Recently two hundred drawings have been added to this list. Works by fixed values Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck and Jacob Jordaens. But also the likes of Hendrick van Balen, Otto van Veen, Jan Fijt and others are now represented.
From 11 July, a high day for the Flemish Community, a selection of 25 unique drawings from the seventeenth century will be on display in the museum. They are studies, designs and independent works of art. Almost all artists worked – for a shorter or longer period of time – in Antwerp, then the artistic center of the Southern Low Countries. The expo runs until 16 August.
Eye-catcher is a sketchbook that Peter Paul Rubens made when he was 12 years old. It is one of the earliest known drawings by the artist. He made these sketches as a starting artist after a series of 16th-century prints with the Dance of Death by Hans Holbein, and these already testify to his great talent. Copying prints was part of the training of artists and was often recommended at the time of Rubens.
For more information see www.museumplantinmoretus.be/en/activity/drawn-perfection