Bernard van Orley - Brussels and the Renaissance


By Dr. Véronique Bücken, Head of the Old Masters Painting section of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and Dr. Ingrid De Meûter, Curator of Tapestries and Textiles, Art & History Museum, Brussels

An emblematic figure of the Flemish Renaissance, Bernard van Orley (circa 1488-1541) was a painter at the court of Marguerite d'Autriche, Marie de Hongrie and Charles Quint, for whom he created portraits, designed tapestries and stained glass windows. His art, initially profoundly anchored in the Brussels’ tradition, transformed under the combined influence of Raphaël and Dürer. Although he never travelled, he left a lasting mark on the Brussels painting and tapestry schools. From the 20th February 2019 BOZAR, in collaboration with the MRBAB and the MRAH, will organise the first monographic exhibition ever dedicated to Bernard van Orley – Brussels and the Renaissance. A unique opportunity to rediscover this great master.

Languages: FR & NL

Bernard van Orley, Joris van Zelle, 1519 © Brussels, Royal Museums of Fine Arts