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Antwerp, Belgium

  • January 10, 1886

Vincent visited Antwerp's Cathedral of Our Lady to admire more paintings by Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640), a few of whose works he had seen at the Musée Ancien. Four of Rubens's religious paintings hung in the cathedral; Vincent mentioned two triptychs, The Raising of the Cross (1609–1610) and The Descent from the Cross (1612), in his letters. He admired Rubens’s exceptional skill at expressing human sorrow and praised him for painting beautiful everyday women.


Guido Persoons
Vincent van Gogh te Antwerpen in 1885-1886 : zijn opleiding in de Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten te Antwerpen als bijdrage tot de vorming van zijn kunstenaarschap
In: Periscoop, Vriendenkring van de Koninklijke Academie, 14-1 (1990) 

Mark Tralbaut
Van Gogh te Antwerpen
Antwerpen, 1958

Louis van Tilborg and Ella Hendriks
Vincent van Gogh schilderijen, deel 2: Antwerpen en Parijs
Amsterdam, 2011

Ella Hendriks and Louis van Tilborgh
New views on Van Gogh’s development in Antwerp and Paris: an integrated art historical and technical study of his paintings in the Van Gogh Museum
Universiteit van Amsterdam, dissertation, 2006

Marije Vellekoop, Sjraar van Heugten
Vincent van Gogh tekeningen, deel 3: Antwerpen en Parijs 1885 – 1888
Amsterdam, 2001

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