Flemish Painting: From Van Eyck to Rubens
13 Apr — 18 Apr 2021 | Tour Director: Rupert Dickens
• Discover the works and worlds of the Flemish masters across Belgium with visits to important collections in Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp and Brussels
• See Hubert and Jan van Eyck’s iconic ‘Ghent Altarpiece’ – The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb – in full, its panels reunited at the Cathedral of St Bavo
• Enjoy a new day excursion to Mechelen, to visit the Museum Hof van Busleyden, a splendid Renaissance palace, and to see Rubens’s famous altarpiece at the Church of St John
Rupert is an art historian and journalist specialising in Dutch and Flemish art.
Depart London St Pancras 1058 on Eurostar, arriving Brussels 1405. Continue to Ghent for five nights at NH Ghent Belfort. Evening lecture: Art in Bruges from Jan van Eyck to Hans Memling.
Whole day excursion to Bruges: Gruuthusemuseum (recently refurbished), Groeningemuseum (works by van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, Hieronymus Bosch and Memling), Church of Our Lady and Hospital of St John (Memling Museum).
Visits in Ghent: Cathedral of St Bavo (The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb altarpiece) and Museum of Fine Arts. Evening lecture: Peter Paul Rubens and his Antwerp Studio.
Whole day excursion to Antwerp: Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady (Rubens altarpieces), Mayer van den Bergh’s Museum (Flemish primitives, major collection of late Gothic sculpture) and Rubens’s House. Free evening.
Excursion to Mechelen: Museum Hof van Busleyden (Renaissance palace), St John’s Church (Rubens altarpiece) and some free time.
Morning lecture: Pieter Bruegel the Elder – Peasant or Scholar? followed by transfer to Brussels for Musée des Beaux Arts (15th-18th century Belgian painting). Depart Brussels 1656, arriving St Pancras 1803.
13 Apr — 18 Apr 2021
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FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, including over cobbled streets which may be busy with bicycles, and participants must be prepared for navigating steps and spending periods of time standing in galleries. Please note that there is no lift at the Gruuthusemuseum, and parts of the collection can only be accessed via narrow, steep and winding staircases.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE are pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of: £60.
Cost of £1685 includes: return travel, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, four dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £295.