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Exhibition June 2 − September 2, 2018

Michaelina. The leading lady of the Baroque

Two of the city Museum of Antwerp teamed up to present this summer the first ever retrospective of the artist from the Baroque era of Michaeline Vauthier — contemporaries of Peter Paul Rubens. His House-Museum and MAS Museum will demonstrate outstanding talent, opened at a time when female artists were the exception, not the rule. Michaelina Vautier stands alone among its peers, thanks to a wide range of genres in which she worked.

In the heritage of Michaeline Vauthier there are a number of masterpieces — from the impressive historic compositions to genre scenes, floral still lifes and images such as the mysterious "portrait of a young man" (1653) from the collection of the Royal Museum of fine arts in Antwerp. One of the main exhibits of the exhibition "Michaelina. The leading lady of the Baroque" will be "the Mystic marriage of St. Catherine and St. Barbara" (1649) from the Seminary of NAMUR, Belgian. This work was in poor condition and required careful restoration. The absolute apotheosis of the exhibition will be the monumental canvas "the Triumph of Bacchus" (C. 1655) from the Vienna Museum of art history. In this work, the artist fully revealed his knowledge of the male anatomy. This colourful procession Michaelina Vauthier dared to portray myself in the form of a half-naked bacchantes. This is the only character in the group who looks into the eyes of the viewer.

Exhibition"Michaelina. The leading lady of the Baroque" will be part of the festival "The Antwerp Baroque — 2018. Inspired Rubens". This series of events pays homage to one of the most influential artists who lived in the city, and its cultural heritage.