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Wednesday 15 March – Ghent (optional)

On Wednesday we have scheduled a full day excursion to Ghent. In the morning we will visit St. Bavo’s Cathedral where the Ghent Altarpiece, after its extensive restoration, has been reinstalled in a new display case in the cathedral’s Sacrament Chapel. After our visit to the cathedral, we will travel to the Museum of Fine Arts (MSK) where we will have lunch and continue our program.

In the MSK, Frederica Van Dam, curator of Theodoor Rombouts: Virtuoso of Flemish Caravaggism at the Museum of Fine Arts (MSK), will give us a guided tour through this exhibition. This first monographic display of works of the Antwerp master features a dialogue between Rombouts’s work and some of his major contemporaries, such as Bartolomeo Manfredi and Hendrick ter Brugghen. After the visit to the exhibition, there is some time left to visit the permanent collection of the museum.


Participants gather in front of St. Bavo’s Cathedral
10:00-11:30 Visit to St. Bavo’s Cathedral and the Ghent Altarpiece
11:30-12:00 Time to travel to Museum of Fine Arts (MSK), Ghent
Lunch at MSK
Word of welcome by Manfred Sellink, Director, MSK
Introduction to the exhibition Theodoor Rombouts by Frederica Van Dam, curator, Museum voor Schone Kunsten
Visit to the exhibition Theodoor Rombouts with Frederica Van Dam
15:00-16:00 Optional visit to the permanent collection
16:00-17:00 Closing drinks

A PDF-file of the program can be downloaded by clicking here.

Extra Fee

There is an extra fee for this optional full-day excursion, which includes entrance to all locations, guided tours, coffee breaks, and lunch. Members and Associate Members pay 55 euros and Patrons pay 85 euros. There are limited spaces available, so make sure to register early.


Travel from Antwerp to Ghent is at your own leisure and to be booked individually. We advise you to travel from Antwerp to Ghent by train on Wednesday morning. A direct train runs from Antwerp Central Station four times per hour and takes approximately one hour. You can find timetables and prices on the website of the NMBS. Here you can also book your tickets.


If you decide to participate in this excursion, we advise you to book an extra night at the congress hotel of your choice. You can do so when booking your hotel during your registration for the congress. More information on the hotels and booking process can be found here.

You can also travel to Ghent on Tuesday evening and spend the night there. This is also at your own leisure and to be booked individually. Many hotel options can be found online, for example via

If you have any questions about this event, please contact the CODART office:
Moos Engelbertink, event manager