Located in the heart of Hieronymus Bosch’s hometown, in the eighteenth century palace of the provincial governor, Het Noordbrabants Museum distinguishes itself from other Dutch museums by focusing on the art and cultural heritage of the Southern Netherlands and Brabant, from prehistory to the present. The collection of art from 1500 to 1800 focuses on three areas: followers of Bosch, the Brueghel family, and Rubens and his circle. Prints by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Van Dyck’s Venus and Adonis, allegories by Theodoor van Thulden, and one of only two still-lifes by Michaelina Wautier are among the highlights. There is also an important collection of Brabantine silver. The majority of these works are loaned from the Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed and private collections. In 2021, a promised gift of over 550 works from the JK Art Foundation was announced. Of special significance are an oil sketch by Rubens, Jan Brueghel the Younger’s Allegory of Painting, a portrait by Michael Sittow, and several paintings by Northern Netherlandish masters. By 2030, the museum will expand to accommodate this collection by taking over the Museum Quarter complex it currently shares with Design Museum Den Bosch.
Dr. Nadia Groeneveld-Baadj, Curator of Old Masters (March 2023)