A new Belgian museum explores what daily life would have looked like during the Renaissance. The Hof van Busleyden Museum sits in a recently renovated palace in Mechelen, near Antwerp.

The beautiful city of Mechelen was once the capital of the Burgundian Netherlands. It flourished between the 14th and 15th centuries, at the height of the European Renaissance. The palace used to belong to Hiëronymus Van Busleyden, a famous humanist, and patron of the arts.

The new Belgian museum recreates the Burgundian Renaissance (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Today, the new Belgian museum recreated this Burgundian Renaissance, exploring the history, ideas, power, and craftsmanship that surrounds it. This stately sixteenth-century palace also shows how the influence of the Renaissance and of Mechelen’s court culture can still be seen in the vibrant contemporary city of Mechelen.

A New Belgian museum takes you back to the Renaissance

The many rooms at the Hof van Busleyden Museum are designed to transport visitors to this exciting period in history. As the museum’s website says, “Now as then, the palace is a meeting place where new ideas are born and art is collected and displayed.”

Belgian Museum Hof van Busleyden
The Hof van Busleyden Museum was once a Renaissance Palace (Image by Museum Hof van Busleyden)

The museum has a large collection of art and artefacts and also features various exhibitions and activities. A recent exhibition, titled Call for Justice, highlighted the fascinating connections between art, the and the ideas of justice and injustice. The Belgian museum will also highlight the different communities of the city of Mechelen. Among these will be an annual chance to connect the Burgundian period to the modern day.

Visitors can also look at the intriguing Enclosed Gardens. To find out more about the Hof van Busleyden Museum at their official website.


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