In 1973, the Museum Krona (originally named the Museum of Religious Art) – was founded by the Municipality of Uden, the Diocese of Den Bosch and the Birgittine religious order and occupied a vacant wing of the nuns’ abbey. Besides manuscripts and panel paintings belonging to the nuns and the diocese’s collection, the new museum also acquired on loan medieval statues from the Rijksmuseum that had originally been part of the sisters’ artistic heritage.
The collection has grown enormously over the past fifty years and the museum has been compelled to expand several times. Although the exhibitions and collection policy lean towards contemporary art, and a superb collection of Baroque sculpture has been amassed, the primary emphasis is still on the late Middle Ages. This section, with the sculptures of the Master of Koudewater as its centerpiece, illuminates the collection’s special relationship with the history of the Birgittine nuns. Thanks to this relationship with a living religious community, many of these works – uniquely for the Netherlands – still retain their original context today.
Wouter Prins, Senior Curator (January 2023)