Sunday June 4, 2017
First Sunday of the month
Family Portrait in the Courtyard of a Brussels Palace
This magnificent 17th century Brussels painting, which was put up for sale in Vienna last October, was acquired thanks to the King Baudouin Foundation and several private patrons.
This painting is both a residence portrait and a family portrait. It is a patrician residence in Brussels, in front of the Hotel de Ville, whose tower is recognized on the left. This picture offers a rare and extraordinary testimony of what was a patrician residence of the Renaissance and the Baroque period in Brussels: a forgotten heritage, which was nevertheless brilliant at the height of the role of royal and imperial capital played by Brussels in the past.