Dijver 12, Brugge, Belgium
Groeningemuseum Brugge Reviews
Art by real Belgian artists Aug 03, 2011
The Groeningemuseum is a museum focused on Belgian artists and their art, throughout several hundreds of years. Although the museum is not that big, it gives quite a complete view of the art history of Belgium.
It all starts in the 15th century, with artists such as Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling, Gerard David and others. Their work is very precise, lively and detailed and are easy recognizable by their strong medieval look.
Around the 17th century, the paintings start to become less precise, and harbor sights are popular. Later, in the 19th century, neo-classisism hits Belgium and brings distant, static paintings, but also city and rural sceneries by J.A. Garemijn. In the 20th century a lot of expressionism and modernism can be seen, including some sculptures.
The museum also displays some sketches made by J. Ensor, L. Frédérick and some other artists. The paintings are divided in several rooms which are numbered. They also offer headsets and the information boards are in four different languages. The museum is located on the ground floor of the building. The entrance fee is €1 for people under 26. The normal entrance fee is €8.
In all, the Groeningemuseum did a very good job in displaying the Belgian art over several centuries in chronological order, with helpful information. It's a great place to learn about and see the Belgian art history.
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