This section of the website introduces you to approximately 100 masterpieces of art in our collection. Together, they illustrate the developments in the visual arts from the Middle Ages up to and including the first half of the 20th century. The key role is reserved for painting in the Southern Netherlands, but sculpture and European - mainly French - painting are also well represented in our collection. This variety is what constitutes the strength and charm of the Ghent museum. The current acquisition policy concentrates on the arts of the 19th century, the fin de siècle (a period of artistic flourishing for Ghent) and the early 20th century, both national and international.