Museum Mayer van den Bergh Antwerp
The Museum Mayer van den Bergh gives attention to the impressive art collection that Fritz Mayer van den Bergh (1858-1901) assembled at the end of the 19th Century. The museum opened it doors in 1904, three years after the early death of Fritz Mayer.
Fritz Mayer (1858-1901) was the son of Emil Mayer, a German and one of the wealthiest businessmen in 19th-century Antwerp. When Emil died, Fritz went to live with his mother and devoted himself to his passion: art collecting.In 1878, Fritz prematurely broke of his studies in letters, philosophy and law at the University of Ghent. In that year, his father also died. He went back to his mother’s home and schooled himself as an antiquarian, which entirely suited his passion: the collection of art from home and abroad. In 1887, Fritz was elevated to the nobility, and added his mother’s surname to his own. From then on his full name was Fritz Mayer van den Bergh.
That Fritz was always ahead of his time – although sometimes only by a few months – is evident from the value of his collection. For instance, there are only fourteen paintings by Breughel anywhere in the world, two of which hang in the Museum Mayer van den Bergh. One of these is the famous work Dull Gret.
The entire museum, which has a very home-like feel to it, is full of paintings, sculptures, tapestries, drawings and stained glass windows. It’s not hard to succumb to this collector’s refined taste.
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Museum Mayer van den Bergh Antwerp | paintings in chronological order
1551 – 1575