In this book, the ‘vlaamsekunstcollectie’ – the structural partnership between the Groeningemuseum in Bruges, the Royal Museum of Fine Art in Antwerp and the Museum of Fine Art in Ghent – tells the history of how the three most important art history museums in Flanders came into being. The contents of the three collections complement each other perfectly: together they provide a unique, representative overview of the plastic arts of the southern Netherlands from the fifteenth century to the twenty-first. This richtly illustrated study goes in search of the parallels and differences between the museums collections, emphasises interactions between taste and art, fashion and mentality, and classic and modern art. The authors reconstruct the tastes of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century collectors in Flanders, underline the crucial period of the French Revolution and French occupation, map out the role played by the Academies and signal missed opportunities.
The book provides a special opportunity to (re-) discover what are often over-familiar works in an alternative way and from a different perspective. Moreover you can discover exciting but unfamiliar works of art out of their storerooms.