Rubens walking guide

Just as Andy Warhol is always immediately associated with New York, most people think of Rubens when you say Antwerp.

Thanks to the handy Rubens walking guide you can learn more about the life of Rubens and his contemporaries, based on the seven vices and virtues. Get a better idea of life in seventeenth-century Antwerp with fascinating stories and facts as you walk around the city. The jealousy of a former associate, the amazing art collection of Rubens’s friend, Mayor Rockox, why Rubens married a sixteen-year old girl at the age of 53... it’s all there. Obviously you will also learn how he became one of the greatest painters of his era and discover some magnificent artworks from Antwerp’s Golden Age.

The Rubens walking guide costs only €3.50 and can be purchased from the Visit Antwerpen information desks and in the MASshop. 

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