Museum Mayer Van den Bergh, Antwerp

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Lange Gasthuisstraat 19, 2000 Antwerpen + 32 (0)3-232 42 37

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    Museum Mayer van den Bergh

    by Nemorino Updated Jan 28, 2013

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    This small but attractive museum is named after the Antwerp art collector Fritz Mayer van den Bergh (1858-1901) and features many of the works of art that he collected in the late nineteenth century.

    What surprised me about Mayer van den Bergh, when I read about him in the museum’s Gallery Guide (fifth photo), was that in his lifetime he was practically the only collector to take a serious interest in the sixteenth century painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525-1569, also spelled Brueghel or Breughel).

    “Mayer van den Bergh stood alone in his interest in Bruegel’s work. Not only was Bruegel almost unknown, but the work of the several painters in the Breughel family was confused. Mayer van den Bergh was the first to distinguish between Pieter Brueghel the Elder and his sons Pieter the Younger and Jan.”

    The Gallery Guide explains that in the nineteenth century the art of Brueghel and his contemporaries was “little appreciated” and was “considered of strange or even questionable taste. However, in the twentieth century it was recognized as one of the high points of European painting in general.”

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    MAYER VAN DEN BERGH MUSEUM

    by Helga67 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Mayer van den Bergh museum

    The museum Mayer van den Bergh is the former house of Sir Fritz van den Bergh. He was a big art lover and had a remarkable collection of sculptures from the 12th to the 18th century, silver work, bronze images, tapestries, ceramics, manuscripts, miniatures, and also an extensive collection of paintings from the Low Countries and the Flemish primitives (Breugel, Jordaens, Pourbus and Rubens).
    It is here that you can find 1 of the 5 famous paintings by Pieter Breugel the Elder, the 'Dulle Griet'. The other 4 are all in Vienna. The house itself is also a must to see.

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    by filipdebont Updated May 1, 2004

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    Museum Mayer Van den Bergh

    The Museum Mayer Van den Bergh is located in the Lange Gasthuisstraat 19.

    This is a museum with an impressive collection of art-treasures.

    The Masterpiece in this museum is the world famous painting 'De Dulle Griet' of Pieter Breughel de Oude.

    In this museum you can see the art collection of Frits Mayer van den Bergh (1858 - 1901). The collection contains more then 3100 pieces of art dating from the 14th, 15th and 16th century.

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    by speed4turtles Updated Oct 1, 2003
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    Schoorsteenmantel ( 15 th century )

    In this world there are some collectors who are touched by grace: Fritz Mayer van den Bergh, who died in 1901, 43 years old, was one of them. After his death, his mother built this jewel of a house in neo-gothic to preserve his precious collection of medieval art and Renaissance. She hired an Antwerp architect, J.Hertogs, for the job. Even empty, this edifice merits a visit, if not only for its multi-coloured marble fireplaces but also for its brocaded hangings and its richly sculpted wainscoting!
    The museum opened in 1924. Private property until 1951, the museum was bought by the city.

    Take your time because this collection equals manyothers in National museums You can only see art of the highest quality, famous names were not important for Mayer van den Bergh. The collection assembles 3098 art objects and 2,000 medals and coins. Superb retables of the Passion skirt the statues of Evangelists. The top items of the museums are without any contest
    the two original Pieter Breughel the Elder paintings: De Dulle Griet and the Twelve Proverbs. This Dulle Griet painting, maybe one of the most important in the world was bought by Mayer van den Bergh in a sale of a Koln for three times nothing. Breughel was not so much appreciated at that time but Mayer understood right away the quality of the painting. He was a very keen collector and Antwerp owes him a lot.

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