The Madonna meets Mad Meg

until 31 December 2020

Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s 'Mad Meg' has come home to Antwerp after a two-year absence. You can renew your acquaintance with the work at the home of its discoverer, Fritz Mayer van den Bergh. 'Mad Meg' will be the central focus of a new exhibition at the museum, at which visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the world of the nineteenth-century collectors Fritz Mayer van den Bergh (1858–1901) and Florent van Ertborn (1784–1840) – the figures behind the collections of Antwerp’s Museum Mayer van den Bergh and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts. Both collectors were far ahead of their time and shared an eye for the quality and beauty of fifteenth and sixteenth-century art. With immense passion, Mayer van den Bergh and Van Ertborn acquired and studied beautiful paintings, sculptures, manuscripts and other items. Many of their acquisitions were bargains, some were an investment and from time to time there were brilliant finds. In commemoration of this special year, the Mayer van den Bergh museum will present a unique anthology of the best of these two rich collections: 'The Madonna meets Mad Meg'. One of those masterpieces is 'the Madonna' by the French court painter Jean Fouquet, a unique work that even after 500 years still has a contemporary appeal. In collaboration with KMSKA.

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