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Antwerp

We got up and had a good breakfast and then took a cab to the main art museum, the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. This is a must see museum, as they have some very famous works. The most interesting painting in my opinion was the Virgin and the Child by Jean Fouquet. Fouquet has few surviving works – this one in particular is almost surrealistic in its use of coloration and use of broad geometric shapes for the figure of the Virgin.

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The facace of the Koninkijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten The room just past admission is painted in murals
with a huge skylight

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A column inside the museum

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Ticket for the museum – there are various front
faces based on works from the collection

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Aviva in the entryway with a sculpture The Virgin and the Child by Fouquet
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Madonna at the Fountain by Jan van Eyck
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A painting we liked
(didn’t get the artist’s name)
The Fall of the Rebel Angels by Frans Floris
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A detail from the painting above
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A painting we liked
(didn’t get the artist’s name)
Another detail from the painting above
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Eve by Lucas Cranach Judith by Jan Metsus

We walked around and ended up at the Museum Mayer van den Bergh. They had a work by a son of Bosch but photos weren’t allowed and they didn’t have a postcard of that one, but it was worth the visit. I notice a lot of similarity between the fantastic works of Bruegel and Bosch.

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Ticket for access to the collection

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Dulle Griet by Pieter Bruegel the elder

We tried to get into the main cathedral, O.-L.-Vrouwekathedraal, but it closes at 3P and we were 15 minutes late.

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The entrance to the main cathedral in Antwerp A detail from the facade

We walked across the old market square, Grote Markt.

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A building on the old market square

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Row houses along the old market

We walked around to the Sint Pauluskerk. The woman working behind the desk at our hotel had suggested this church as one worth visiting for its interior.

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The main facade A sculpture area off the main entrance
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Four busts from inside the church – note the relics in glass under each bust

We took a train to Brugge – it took about 1 hour, 20 minutes to get there. The hotel was average, the Best Western Premier Hotel Navarra; it was named after the consulate for Spanish Navarra that occupied the building before the hotel.

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Two views of the Antwerp Centraal train station

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Our train ticket to Brugge

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