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A procession of figurines

Retables with their numerous figurines are a beautiful sight. Large examples were intended to be placed on an altar or attached to the wall behind an altar. Smaller pieces like this were for private use.

Gilded elegance

This is painting and sculpture together in one beautiful work: a gilded retable in the form of an elegant tower. A very wealthy client must have commissioned it – perhaps from the circle of the dukes of Burgundy.

A lavish still life

Still lifes are a real treat. The genre flourished in 17th-century Netherlandish painting. The challenge for the painter was to make everything look truly lifelike...

Who was Fritz?

The museum bears the name of Fritz Mayer van den Bergh. Who was he?

Living for art

You’re the son of a wealthy German businessman and a mother from Antwerp. How do you become Antwerp’s leading art collector of the late 19th century?

Henriëtte van den Bergh, Fritz’s mother

Fritz Mayer van den Bergh had a close relationship with his mother. After his death, she realised his life’s dream of setting up his own museum. Henriëtte van den Bergh also had a strong social conscience.

The collector and his collections

Fritz Mayer van den Bergh bought art and historical objects for around twenty years. The resulting museum collection numbers around 3,100 items, and is surprisingly diverse.

A fascination for Bruegel

Bruegel’s works are the undoubted high points of the museum collection.

The man behind the collector

Who was Fritz Mayer van den Bergh? Who was the man behind the collector?

Discover Bruegel

At the museum you will come face to face with the work of Pieter Bruegel and his Mad Meg.