As part of The Golden Cabinet
the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA) and the Rockox House Museum are organising a number of small-scale exhibitions. The Parrot
is the third such exhibition in the series. Following the stunning restoration of the painting The Holy family with parrot
by Peter Paul Rubens
(KMSKA), a work that has been given pride of place in the home of Nicolaas Rockox
, we are turning our attention to the parrot in the pictorial art from the 15th to the 17th century. Its magnificent plumage was a feast for the eye and a source of inspiration for countless artists. Beauty, wisdom, virginal, exotic and lover are just a few of the many predicates assigned to this bird. Besides Rubens’ work, interpretations of the parrot by artists like Roelant Savery
, Jacob Jordaens
and Albrecht Dürer
are on view. This webapplication reveals a selection of the artworks that are featured in the exhibition.
The Holy Family with parrot by Peter Paul Rubens has been restored with the support of the Inbev-Baillet Latour Fund.