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For The Golden Cabinet, the town mansion of the former Antwerp mayor and arts patron Nicolaas Rockox (1560-1640) has been transformed into an opulent art cabinet containing showpieces from the collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp as well as the core collection of the Rockox House Museum. The exhibition offers visitors an impression of a private art collection in Antwerp’s Golden Age.
Stroll through the rooms of The Golden Cabinet with your smartphone or tablet, and gain quick and easy access to information about all the items on show. Zoom in for close-up views of paintings and sculptures. Select your favourite pieces before, during or after your visit and compile your own private collection, just like Nicolaas Rockox did throughout his life.
If you launch the webapp from a pc or laptop at home, you can arrange your favourite paintings and objects in your personal art cabinet using a picture of your own living room, dining room or even bathroom. There are attractive monthly prizes to be won for the best cabinets.
Bound in Friendship
Within the context of The Golden Cabinet, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp and the Rockox House Museum are presenting a number of small-scale exhibitions of which Bound in Friendship will be the first. From the second half of the sixteenth century to midway through the nineteenth, an album amicorum or friends’ book was a prized possession among students. It acted as an analogue reminder of the social network of their student days and was sometimes cherished for long after. This webapplication provides insight into the lives of the owners and the signatories of these books and reveals fascinating pages that are not on view in the exhibition.
Shared art rooms