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Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels

Features both historical art and modern art in the one building.

Features both historical art and modern art in the one building. In a vast museum of several buildings, this complex combines the Musée d'Art Ancien- Museum voor Oude Kunst and the Musée d'Art Moderne - Museum voor Moderne Kunst under one roof (connected by a passage). The collection shows off works, most of them Belgian, from the 14th to the 20th century, starting in the historical section, with Hans Memling's portraits from the late 15th century which are marked by sharp lifelike details, works by Hiëronymus Bosch, and Lucas Cranach's Adam and Eve. You should particularly seek out the subsequent rooms featuring Pieter Brueghel, including his Adoration of the Magi. Don't miss his unusual Fall of the Rebel Angels, with grotesque faces and beasts. But don't fear, many of Brueghel's paintings, like those depicting Flemish village life, are of a less fiery nature. Later artists represented include Rubens, Van Dyck, Frans Hals, and Rembrandt. Next door, in a circular building connected to the main entrance, the modern art section has an emphasis on underground works - if only because the museum's eight floors are all below ground level. The collection includes works by van Gogh, Matisse, Dalí, Tanguy, Ernst, Chagall, Miró, and local boys Magritte, Delvaux, De Braekeleer and Permeke. Don't miss David's famous 'Death of Marat.'


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About Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

 Brussels, Belgium

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and Nearby Sights on Map

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Centre for Fine Arts