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La Flandre et la Mer

Flanders and the Sea Exhibition: 4 April - 12 July 2015

Information from the museum’s website, 18 March 2015

More than eighty works of art from European and American museums will be gathered. One of these is the Naval battle in the Gulf of Naples by Pieter Bruegel the Elder exceptionally exhibited outside Italy.

This exhibition located in the entire ground floor will look at the representation of sea in Flemish art in a new light, thanks to an remarkable selection of paintings and engravings from the XVIth and XVIIth centuries.
Even if seascapes are an area of the Dutch painting, Flemish painters are their real inventors. Besides battleships, the economic and seaborne development of Flanders during the XVIth and XVIIth centuries have a part in the success of this theme. Painters are driven by the imaginative and fascinating power of the sea beyond an historical and social representation.
It’s a world of monsters and gods.