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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 Dürerare 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.
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