A day at the Brussels museum of fine arts

Detail of Venus and Cupid by Lucas Cranach the Elder

A., W. and myself went to the Alfred Stevens exhibition at the KMSKB[1] in Brussels, after which we visited their partially displayed 15th and 16th century art collection.

Alfred Stevens (1828–1906) illustrates the boredom of the 19th century demimondaine, the most interesting work on display was his panorama Histoire du siécle, a definite precursor to the Taiwanese work Discussing the Divine Comedy with Dante. His other work has merit for occupying the niche that it does, but is not on par with contemporaries Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824 – 1904), William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825 – 1905), Gustave Moreau (1826 – 1898) or Arnold Böcklin.

I took several photos[[2], many details, Bosch is instantly recognizable (from the Triptych of The Temptation of St. Anthony), other photos will perhaps be annotated in the future on my Picasa pages.

6 thoughts on “A day at the Brussels museum of fine arts

  1. Paul Rumsey

    The picture is a Cranach of a Venus and Cupid who has stolen some honey, which is why he is being stung by a bee, ( the sweetness and pain of love)

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