Rubens House

As you walk through the Meir turn left into the side street before Palace on the Meir, and you will face the Rubens House. Many renowned painters worked in Antwerp, but Peter Paul Rubens is undoubtedly the most famous of them all. Rubens House is the former home of the painter. It was built in 1616 by Rubens himself as home and studio, where he lived and worked from1616 until his death in 1640. After his death, the new owners made considerable changes to the building until the city of Antwerp obtained it in 1937. Rescued from ruins, the city sensitively restored many parts of the house to their former state until the building has returned to its former glory.

The museum houses many paintings and artwork from Rubens and his pupils including works of Anthony Van Dyck. A lot of furniture from the period that the painter lived there are also on display. The palatial residence is today one of Antwerp's most visited museums. Visitors can visit both the studio and the private quarters, and walk through the beautiful garden.

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