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Bernard van Orley was one of the pivotal figures of the Renaissance in the Low Countries. BOZAR and other prominent Belgian institutions are teaming up for the first major monographic exhibition devoted to this 16th century artist. Van Orley was a painter at the court of Margaret of Austria and Mary of Hungary and was inundated with commissions. As a young man he was already at the head of one of the biggest workshops of his time. He painted religious subjects and also designed wall tapestries and stained glass windows. In this exhibition special attention is paid to his portraits that place him at the centre of an important network of political advisors, influential clergymen and humanist thinkers. His work was in constant dialogue with that of contemporaries such as Albrecht Dürer and Raphael. 

From all over the world works by Van Orley will travel back to the place where they were once created, to be reunited in one historic exhibition. A unique opportunity to (re)discover this Brussels master.

VAN ORLEY LOVERS DO NOT MISS:

Bernardi Bruxellensi Pictori - Coudenberg Palace
Specially for the occasion we will open the underground passageway, which runs between the Centre for Fine Arts and the Coudenberg Palace, at a few choice moments. You will be able to descend directly, from the exhibition of works by court artist Bernard van Orley in BOZAR, into the ancient remains of the Coudenberg imperial palace during Thursday evening nocturnes, family discovery tours on Saturdays, the school holidays, Family Day and during the combi visit (30.03, 27.04, 25.05).
Hof van Busleyden

Margaret of Austria is also the focus of the new museum Hof van Busleyden in Mechelen. With the voucher with your ticket for the Bernard Van Orley exhibition, you can discover everything about the Burgundian city palace at a reduced rate.
Art & History Museum
Especially for the occasion, the Art & History Museum is setting up the remaining 8 tapestries from the series of Jacob's History and the first tapestry from the series Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon. These tapestries can be viewed at group rates on presentation of your Bernard van Orley ticket. 
In the footsteps of Bernard van Orley...
With this walking guide you literally follow in the footsteps of Bernard van Orley. Be sure to take a look at the St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral and discover the stained-glass windows designed by Van Orley. 
Bernard van Orley. Red Monastery and the Sonian Forest in the 16th Century
The Red Monastery arts centre puts Bernard van Orley in the spotlight. He designed cartons for the tapestry series Maximilian's Yachts, which show detailed images of Brussels buildings and hunting grounds and sketch a picture of the fauna and flora of the Sonian Forest at the time.
Brussels City Museum
In the collection of this beautiful building on the Grand-Place you will find a tapestry from the series Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon and a cardboard by Pieter Coecke that used to be attributed to Van Orley.

Did you know?

  • Who's that girl?

    Meet Margaret of Austria, poster girl of our brand new exhibition Bernard van Orley. Here’s a quick overview of a roller coaster life between power and tragedy.

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  • Family Day - in the age of Bruegel

    On Sunday 31 March you and your family and friends will be plunged into the 16th century, the age of Bruegel. There’s plenty to see and visit and an awful lot to do. Here are 5 fun workshops and special activities which will be running non-stop between 10am and 5pm during our Family Day:

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  • Prose for Van Orley: Jeroen Olyslaegers

    Authors on paintings. BOZAR asked 5 writers to choose a work from the exhibition Bernard van Orley. Brussels and the Renaissance and inhabit one of its characters. Jeroen Olyslaegers chose Job and Lazarus Polyptych.

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  • Prose for Van Orley: Myriam Leroy

    Authors on paintings. BOZAR asked 5 writers to choose a work from the exhibition Bernard van Orley. Brussels and the Renaissance and inhabit one of its characters. Myriam Leroy chose the portrait of Margeret of Austria.

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  • Prose for Van Orley: Max Urai

    Authors on paintings. BOZAR asked 5 writers to choose a work from the exhibition Bernard van Orley. Brussels and the Renaissance and inhabit one of its characters. Max Urai chose The Battle of Pavia. Attack on the French Camp and Flight of the Besieged.

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  • Prose for Van Orley: Vamba Sherif

    Authors on paintings. BOZAR asked 5 writers to choose a work from the exhibition Bernard van Orley. Brussels and the Renaissance and inhabit one of its characters. Vamba Sherif chose The Dubbing of Saint Martin by Emperor Constantine.

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  • Prose for Van Orley: Ubah Cristina Ali Farah

    Authors on paintings. BOZAR asked 5 writers to choose a work from the exhibition Bernard van Orley. Brussels and the Renaissance and inhabit one of its characters. Ubah Cristina Ali Farah chose Ecce Homo.

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  • A Tapestry with a View

    Among the many astonishing masterpieces that travelled back to Brussels for our Bernard van Orley exhibition, one tapestry in particular stands out for its historical importance. Find out why a horse, and a view of Brussels, have set the pulse of the art world racing for several centuries.

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