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The rule of the Archdukes, 1598-1633

The golden age of Flemish painting corresponds with the reign of ‘The Archdukes’, Albert and Isabella (1598-1633), which brought a measure of stability, prosperity and identity to the region. Though the war continued before and after the Twelve Years Truce (1609-21) many paintings of the time use landscape to express the idea of peace and regeneration.

Denys Calvaert (Antwerp 1540- Bologna 1619)

The Assumption of the Virgin

Paulus Bril (Antwerp 1554-Rome 1626)

A Landscape with Goatherds

Jan Brueghel the Elder (Brussels 1568-Antwerp 1625)

A Flemish Fair

Jan Brueghel the Elder (Brussels 1568-Antwerp 1625)

Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden

Roelandt Savery (Kortrijk 1576 - Utrecht 1639)

A Landscape with Birds

Roelandt Savery (Kortrijk 1576 - Utrecht 1639)

Lions in a Landscape

Hendrick van Steenwyck the Younger (Antwerp c. 1580 - The Hague? 1649)

The Liberation of St Peter

Frans Francken the Younger (Antwerp 1581-Antwerp 1642)

The Cabinet of a Collector

Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen 1577 - Antwerp 1640)

The Assumption of the Virgin

Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen 1577 - Antwerp 1640)

Milkmaids with cattle in a landscape, 'The Farm at Laken'

Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen 1577 - Antwerp 1640)

Winter: The Interior of a Barn

Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen 1577 - Antwerp 1640)

Summer: Peasants Going to Market

Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen 1577 - Antwerp 1640)

A Self-Portrait

Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen 1577 - Antwerp 1640)

Portrait of a Woman

Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen 1577 - Antwerp 1640)

Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641)

Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641)

Christ Healing the Paralytic

Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641)

The Mystic Marriage of St Catherine

Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641)

Zeger van Hontsum (d. 1643)

Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641)

Margaret Lemon (fl.1635-1640)

Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641)

The Infant Christ and St John the Baptist