Abraham Grapheus, Jacob Jordaens’ artist’s model


Théo Van Rysselberghe COLLECTED


The Art of donating


29.09.2012 - 20.01.2013 (prolonged)

Three dossier exhibitions highlight specific aspects of the MSK’s collection.


Abraham Grapheus, Jacob Jordaens’ artist’s model takes a look at the seventeenth-century Antwerp artist Grapheus, who went down in history as the model for paintings by (among others) Jacob Jordaens.


A tribute is also paid to Théo Van Rysselberghe, who was born in Ghent 150 years ago. The museum has many of his paintings, drawings, graphic works and books, all of which will be shown together for the first time.


The Art of Donating examines the role gifts and legacies have played in the MSK’s collection over the years. These works given by Jheronimus Bosch, Frans Hals, Erich Heckel, Peter Paul Rubens, Jacopo Tintoretto, George Minne and Anthony van Dyck have played a major part in establishing the museum’s international repute.


Erich Heckel, The Augustijnenrei at Bruges in the Morning, ca. 1917, © MSK Gent

Jacob Jordaens, Studies of Abraham Grapheus’ head, ca. 1620-1621, © MSK Gent


Théo Van Rysselberghe, The Reading by Emile Verhaeren, 1903, © MSK Gent