Experience our Flemish Masters

Welcome to the art cities in Flanders
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As the northern part of Belgium, Flanders is proud of its rich art history and the prominent role Flemish Masters like Anthony Van Dyck have played in it. Fifteenth-, sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Flemish paintings are known for their vibrant materialism and unsurpassed technical skill. From the Van Eyck brothers through Bruegel to Rubens and Van Dyck, these painters were masters of the oil medium and used it primarily to portray a robust and realistically detailed vision of the world around them.


Flanders, with its grand cities like Bruges, Ghent and Brussels, had been the chief economic center in Northern Europe, with Antwerp as the leading seaport with a prospering international trade. As a consequence, our region developed into a major hub for the production of luxury goods and the fine arts, supporting a host of skilled artisans and artists. 


A glimpse into modern-day Flanders still bears witness to its medieval, renaissance and baroque heritage and cutting edge craftsmanship, which can be witnessed in our unrivalled reputation for architecture, fashion, innovation, and gastronomy.


From 2018 to 2020, the Government of Flanders will continue to highlight our Flemish Masters: Rubens in 2018, Brueghel in 2019, and Van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece in 2020.


The General Representation of the Government of Flanders to the USA is supporting Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture at The Frick Collection, as it falls within our mission to promote a better understanding of the region of Flanders, including our culture and history.


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