After the re-opening of the M Leuven on 20 September 2009, the Royal Museum for Fine Arts of Antwerp placed six paintings by Old Masters (Quentin Massijs and Bernard van Orley) on long-term loan.
Following the exhibition Rogier van der Weyden 1400|1464. De Passie van de Meester from 2009, a number of masterpieces remained in the M. The masterpiece The Seven Sacraments and the Annunciation of Rogier van der Weyden, both from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Antwerp, and the memorial image of Isabella van Bourbon, after the design of Van der Weyden and coming from the Antwerp Our Lady's Cathedral, temporarily fortify the collection.
Since February 2011, a number of works of art from private holdings enrich the collection on the lower floor. Alongside Van der Weyden's The Seven Sacraments, the M exhibits an accompanying 15th-century drawing that is revealed for the first time ever in Belgium. In the same hall, a Pièta (1448), also from the milieu of Van der Weyden, is displayed. One of the rooms in the former hotel Vanderkelen is fully refurbished and houses four 16th-century paintings by the hand of Frans Francken the Younger, Frans Pourbus the Elder (attributed), Michiel Coxie and Adriaan Thomasz Key, in addition to a 17th-century portrait bust made by Michiel van der Voort.
Where: M Leuven
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