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Anonymous collector exhibited drawings of old Dutchmen in Brussels

A rare exhibition is held now at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Belgium. The exhibition “From Floris to Rubens. Drawings of Masters from the Belgian Private Collection ”presents 87 works made by artists from South and North Holland during the 16th and early 17th centuries. These works are part of a private collection and have never before been exhibited to the public.They personify one of the most exciting and prolific periods in the history of drawing.Unknown artist from the entourage of Bernart van Orley and Peter Cook van Alst, "Jupiter and Lycaon" (c. 1535 - 1540), 28.9 × 39.7 cm. Private collection

The display of this private collection gives amateurs and art historians the opportunity to discover works that are rarely displayed or have not been known at all before. Even more attractive this collection is due to the huge variety of artists represented, themes and techniques.
Left: Peter Cook van Alst, "The Head of a Man", a piece of cardboard "The Union of Pompey and Cornelia." Intended for transfer to the tapestry, which was part of the series "The Story of Julius Caesar"

“From Floris to Rubens. Drawings by Masters from the Belgian Private Collection ”is a large-scale overview of nearly two centuries of drawing in the Netherlands. The exhibition includes works by Flemish primitives, Renaissance masters, artists who painted in the Italian style in the 16th century, and the “pillars” of the Baroque era. The Baroque style that changed the Renaissance, unlike Renaissance art, which maintained the distance between the work and the audience, sought to shake the soul. Of course, successfully: the picturesque gems of those times are true treasures. Read more like Peter Paul Rubens and Jacob Jordaens. The works of Erasmus Quellin the Younger and his son Jan-Erasmus, whose work symbolizes the transition to classicism in the late 17th century, are also on display here.Jan van der Strath (also known as Giovanni Stradano or Stradanus), “Two decapitated dragons” Visitors can get acquainted with rare drawings of masters, which served as the basis not only for engravings, but also for tapestries, stained glass windows and articles made of precious metals. Here you can also make a number discoveries, tracing the trajectory of the less well-known or recently studied artists such as Hans Collaert, who was mainly recognized as the author of countless engravings. Also on the list are Gerard van Groningen, the mysterious Master from Liechtenstein and unknown apprentices who helped famous Flemish painters like Peter Cook van Alyst, Bernard van Orley and Michiel Coxi.

The selection includes drawings by Hendrik Vrum, Frans Purbus the Elder and Hans Saveri the Younger, as well as works recently attributed to Karel van Mandeur, Joachim Utteval, Paul de Vos and Lucas van Youden. This attribution is the result of a thorough and comprehensive study, which was conducted by a group of art historians, led by the exhibition curator Stefaan Hautekeete.
Left: Otto van Ven, “Love Conquers Nature” (1615)

The description of the exhibition says that it was organized "in close cooperation with a passionate collector who wished to remain anonymous." He donated several drawings to the King Baudouin Foundation, which, in turn, decided to transfer them to the Royal Museum of Fine Arts for a long-term lease.CharityFrance FlorisXVI century, 28.3 × 16.5 cmExhibition “From Floris to Rubens. Drawings of masters from the Belgian private collection "will last until May 15. Then the exhibition will be transported to the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht, the Netherlands, where it can be visited from July 15 to October 30. According to the official website of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium and artdaily.com. The main illustration - Queen Matilda of Belgium examines the exposition on April 14, 2016. Photo by Eric Lalmand / Belga / AFP