Located in the heart of the Belgian capital, the Brussels City Museum is housed in a neo-Gothic building called the Maison du Roi in French or Broodhuis in Dutch. The museum was founded at the end of the nineteenth-century and benefitted from a large donation of seventeenth-century paintings by masters such as Jacob Jordaens, Nicolaes Berchem, Michiel van Mierevelt, and Frans Snijders. The following years the museum expanded its varied and rich collection by acquiring works of art that bear witness to the reputation of Brussels over the centuries and contribute to the knowledge and understanding of its history.
Among these works are the Master of Hakendover’s sculptures of prophets that once adorned the façade of Town Hall, the Altarpiece of Saluces by Jan Borman II and Valentin van Orley, the tapestry cartoon of the Martyrdom of Saint Paul by Pieter Coecke van Aelst as well as Brussels tapestries from the sixteenth- and seventeenth century, and the monumental weather vane of Saint Michael by Maarten van Rode.
Julian Bohain, Curator (January 2022)