Photographer's Note

After the staircase, here's a scene from inside the Alte Pinakothek, Munchen's main museum for classic paintings.


PIETER PAUL RUBENS (1577-1640) is Antwerp's most famous baroque painter. He lived at a time when the Spanish rules invested heavily in Antwerp to make it a contrareformist stronghold against the recently independent northern Netherlands. Rubens was a prominent citizen and cultural ambassador of this movement.

In our hometown Antwerp you can visit Rubens' home and atelier and still find several great Rubens paintings. But that's just a small fraction of his work. Most of it is the world's top museums all over.

Being from Antwerp and being art lovers, (re)discovering those paintings from our hometown abroad is always a source of pride and joy.


THIS PAINTING shows a young art enthusiast from Antwerp in front of a Rubens masterpiece that really caught us by surprise.

This hellish tableau called "The Fall of the Damned", painted around 1621, is Rubens at his darkest. His depiction of demons and fallen angels here predicts later masterworks by Goya and even German expressionism.

It is a brilliant and most chaotic painting filled with horrible details.

See WORKSHOP for a detail from the painting.

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