French, northern european and italian painting of the 14th-18th centuries

The museum’s paintings from the French, Northern European and Italian schools include examples of the period’s outstanding stylistic movements and explores the different ages of man.

Self-portrait Rembrandt
Rembrandt (1606-1669), Self-portrait (Oil on wood, 31 x 24cm)

Works produced in previous centuries shed light on the historical and social context preceding their execution and the day-to-day concerns of the artists themselves.

These paintings reflect the different ages of man - from swaddling clothes to children’s games, social conventions to metaphysical inquiries, the trials of love to the twilight of life.

To explore this theme, paintings by artists including the master of Flémalle, the Le Nain brothers, Rubens, Rigaud and Rembrandt have been grouped together by theme and style.

From the Italian and Flemish primitives to the Baroque, and the Renaissance to Classicism, this collection of paintings explores the diversity of artistic production - history and religious painting, genre scenes, portraiture, landscapes and still lives - in Europe at this period.

The collection features works from major movements, such as the Fontainebleau school, and by great artists of the time, including the Le Nain brothers and Rigaud in France, Guerchin in Italy, and northern painters Robert Campin, Rubens and Rembrandt.

Opening times

Tuesday to Sunday- Outside summer exhibition, midday to 6pm.- During summer exhibition, 10am to 7pm.Closed MondaysAnnual closing 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.

First Sunday of the month (excluding July to October), admission is free.



outside summer exhibition

  • Full admission: €5,5
  • Reduced admission: €4,5

during summer exhibition (9 june-23 september 2018)

  • Full admission: €10
  • Reduced admission: €8

Free: under 18s, students under 26