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Groeningemuseum

Six centuries of Belgian and Flemish art are displayed in one of the country's foremost galleries.

Come to the Groeningemuseum to see an exhaustive collection of paintings from Belgium. Though the building itself dates back only to the 1930s, the works here were gathered starting in the 18th century and are examples of Flemish primitive, Renaissance, baroque, neoclassical, symbolist and modern styles. Belgians rightly count this among their finest art collections.

Highlights of the Groeningemuseum depend on personal taste. However, in Room 2, the primitive display from the 15th and 16th centuries is undeniably exceptional. Marvel at works by Jan van Eyck, notably his Madonna and Child with Canon George Van der Paele, and Hans Memling to understand why these artists were, and are, so revered. Don't miss some of the dark and striking creations of Hieronymus Bosch in Room 1.

Continue through the rooms in chronological order. Room 3 focuses on Renaissance art, mainly within Bruges itself. After this, take in the baroque, neoclassical and symbolist paintings. Of particular note are the distinctive and austere portraits of Pieter Pourbus and the disturbing scenes painted by Jan Provoost.

The Groeningemuseum doesn't neglect more recent art. Explore the remaining rooms to find 20th-century masterpieces, including Gustave Van de Woestyne's monumental Last Supper.

Allow yourself two to three hours to cover the Groeningemuseum in detail. The area is relatively small, but there are many paintings. Ample seating is provided for your to rest between sections.

If you still want to see more art after the Groeningemuseum, head to the nearby Arentshuis on Dijver 16. The ground floor of this 18th-century house displays temporary exhibitions, while the upstairs is devoted to Bruges-born British artist Frank Brangwyn.

The Groeningemuseum is on Dijver 12 in central Bruges, a short walk from Brugge Eekhoutpoort bus station. The gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday. There's an entrance fee, which includes a multi-language audio guide. Entrance to the Arentshuis is included in the ticket price for the Groeningemuseum. Opening times are the same.


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