James Ensor in Ostend

The Ensor collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp has been on a world tour whilst the museum has been closed for renovation. It is fitting that the final exhibition of the collection before it returns to Antwerp is in the artist’s home town of Ostend.

James Ensor 'The Astonishment of the Mask Wouse' (1889)

James Ensor ‘The Astonishment of the Mask Wouse’ (1889)

James Ensor 'Skeletons Fighting over the Body of a Hanged Man' (1891)

James Ensor ‘Skeletons Fighting over the body of a Hanged Man’ (1891)

James Ensor 'The Skeleton Painter' (1896)

James Ensor ‘The Skeleton Painter’ (1896)

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Hans Memling at Oud Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges

St. John’s hospital in Bruges was founded in the mid-twelfth century and contains some of Europe’s oldest surviving hospital buildings. It also contains the Hans Memling museum with a number of triptychs and other works by the German artist who worked in Flanders.

Hans Memling 'Diptych of Maarten van Nieuwenhove' (1487)

Hans Memling’ Diptych of Our Lady and Maarten van Nieuwenhove’ (1487)

Hans Memling 'Triptych of Jan Floreins' (1479)

Hans Memling ‘Triptych of Jan Floreins’ (1479)

Hans Memling 'The Shrine of St. Ursula' (c.1489)

Hans Memling ‘The Shrine of St. Ursula’ (c.1489)

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Early Netherlandish art at the Groeningemuseum

At the Groeningemuseum in Bruges to see its wonderful collection of Early Netherlandish paintings.

Jan van Eyck 'Virgin and Child with Canon van der Paele' (1434 - 36)

Jan van Eyck ‘Virgin and Child with Canon van der Paele’ (1436)

Jan van Eyck 'Portrait of a Margaret van Eyck' (1439)

Jan van Eyck ‘Portrait of Margareta van Eyck’ (1439)

Hans Memling 'Moreel Triptych' (1484)

Hans Memling ‘Moreel Triptych’ (1484)

Gerard David 'The Judgement of Cambyses' Part 2 (1498)

Gerard David ‘The Judgement of Cambyses’ (panel 2, 1498)

Hieronymus Bosch 'The Last Judgement' (c.1500)

Hieronymus Bosch ‘The Last Judgement’ (1500 – 05)

Jan Provoost 'Crucifixion' (c.1501 - 05)

Jan Provoost ‘Crucifixion’ (c.1501 – 05)

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Van Eyck’s ‘Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ in Ghent

In the Belgian city of Ghent to see the amazing restoration work on the Ghent altarpiece, van Eyck’s ‘Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’. The restoration has removed all the sixteenth-century over-painting revealing van Eyck’s original colours.

Jan van Eyck 'Ghent Altarpiece' (completed 1432)

Van Eyck ‘Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ (completed 1432)

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Restoration work being carried out on the main panel

Jan van Eyck 'Ghent Altarpiece' (detail, before and after restoration) 2

Before and after restoration

Jan van Eyck 'Ghent Altarpiece' (detail, before and after restoration)

 

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Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille

At the Palais des Beaux-Arts in the northern French city of Lille to see its permanent collection. It is one of the largest art museums in France and has an excellent collection of paintings and sculpture from antiquity to modern art.

Dirk Bouts 'The Ascension of the Elect' (c.1450)

Dirk Bouts ‘The Ascension of the Elect’ (c.1450)

Dirk Bouts 'The Fall of the Damned' (c.1450)

Dirk Bouts ‘The Fall of the Damned’ (c.1450)

Goya 'Time of the Old Women' (c.1808 - 12)

Francisco Goya ‘Time of the Old Women’ (c.1808 – 12)

Gustave Courbet 'After Dinner at Ornans' (1849)

Gustave Courbet ‘After Dinner at Ornans’ (1849)

Edouard Manet 'Bethe Morisot with a Fan (1874)

Edouard Manet ‘Berthe Morisot with a Fan’ (1874)

Fernand Leger 'Two Women with a Blue Vase' (1935)

Fernand Leger ‘Two Women with a Blue Vase’ (1935)

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Mozart in Girona

Back in Girona for an all-Mozart concert at the Palau Auditorium with the Hungarian National Orchestra under János Kovács.  The ‘Requiem’ was particularly excellent.

Mozart: ‘Adagio and Fugue in c minor’; ‘Jupiter Symphony’; ‘Requiem’.

János Kovács

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Relaxing in Denia, Spain

Relaxing in the Spanish fishing port of Denia.

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