153 Photos - Oct 9, 2012
Photo: Cathedral of Our Lady. It's REALLY BIG.Photo: Photo: Photo: Peter Paul Rubens was the most famous of Antwerp artists. The cathedral has several of his works, including the Raising of the Cross triptych.Photo: Photo: The cathedral is undergoing renovations (which look like they'll be going on approximately forever).Photo: Some previous wall decoration.Photo: The amazing vaulted ceiling.Photo: Photo: Photo: Sherry wanted All The Floors.Photo: Photo: Photo: Dramatic bishop (cardinal?) is dramatic. :)Photo: Photo: Photo: Rubens' Descent from the Cross. There were lots of HUGE windows, but the light was weird, requiring me to use the manual setting on my camera, which wasn't always the clearest.Photo: Photo: Remains of some previous ceiling decoration.Photo: There was a big sign that this side chapel was just for prayer. That elderly gent was there for some time.Photo: Photo: There's a lot of up.Photo: The big market square, aka the Grote Markt.Photo: The buildings lining the square were all guild halls.Photo: Photo: The Brabo fountain, depicting the legend of the founding of Antwerp (Roman soldier cutting off and throwing a mean giant's hand).Photo: Photo: Photo: The river/harbour.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Het Steen, the river-guarding castle.Photo: Supposedly this is the giant Lange Wapper, who used to terrorize humans along the river (remember the story of the hand getting cut off?) Mostly it just looks like those little guys find the big guy's package REALLY compelling.Photo: Photo: Go us!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Peter Paul Rubens house. Not many artists are hugely successful while alive, but this guy made mad bank.Photo: The next few are all from the interior courtyard and back garden.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We got really familiar with this stuff. It's panels of stamped, gilded leather, which were used for "wallpaper". Imagine how much work and how expensive that would be? Originally, they came from Spain, but later on they started making them more locally.Photo: Gorgeous interior shutters.Photo: Photo: Kitchen fireplace.Photo: Kitchen.Photo: Tile wall in the kitchen. They're not all unique - there are a few different images.Photo: This baby Jesus does not so much inspire...Photo: Dining room.Photo: The 17th century was not one of austerity. :)Photo: Photo: Photo: Rubens apparently had an amazing and extensive art collection. There's plenty of art in the house still, but apparently much of the collection has been cast to the winds.Photo: Sculpture dog is all, "Can I have my legs back now?"Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Linen press. Clearly not Black and Decker...Photo: You know those millstone ruffs the fancy people are all wearing in 17th century portraits? This is what gives them their shape. Comfy, no? Those things could require nearly 20 metres of linen.Photo: Arquebusiers guild chain.Photo: Photo: Photo: More leather panels and a marble column. A simple, plain house, to be sure...Photo: The gallery room. The Christ on the cross on the end is a Rubens.Photo: Photo: The Plantin-Moretus Museum, i.e. the history of printing (named after the two most prominent families in the early days). http://www.museumplantinmoretus.be/ That is one of the two oldest printing presses in the world.Photo: The other oldest printing press in the world.Photo: Pieces for decorative edging.Photo: P!Photo: Jumble and Ms.Photo: Photo: Photo: B!Photo: M!Photo: Cupboards upon cupboards of lead not used to make lettering (yet).Photo: Storage room.Photo: Document set to print.Photo: Some Latin alphabet.Photo: Some Arabic alphabet.Photo: Some Hebrew alphabet.Photo: Old books, like late 15th century old.Photo: Photo: More stamped gilded leather wall panels.Photo: A bit different, stamped and painted leather panels.Photo: Proofreaders' marks haven't really changed in 500 years.Photo: More mark-up.Photo: Editors' table. Oh to own a pub with a few of these in it...Photo: Courtyard.Photo: Iron detail of outside staircase.Photo: Photo: Original bookshop with some original volumes.Photo: Photo: Anatomy drawing.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Page from a Gutenberg Bible.Photo: Photo: Plates and their prints.Photo: More 17th century books.Photo: Reproduction of the oldest known picture of a potato plant.Photo: The elusive and deadly rabbitsquirrel...Photo: Copper plate and print.Photo: The process from draft to product.Photo: Sheet music.Photo: 16th century map.Photo: One of the earliest Mercator atlases, opened to the Americas.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We can print really big things, too!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Printmaking workshop.Photo: Mold with lead.Photo: Stove for melting lead to make lettering.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The big library.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The Maagdenhuis, formerly an orphanage for girls until the 1880s.Photo: When women had to give up their babies, if they hoped to get them back one day, they'd leave a scrap of fabric or torn playing card with the infant and keep the other half, as later proof that the baby was theirs.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Reconstruction of the features built into walls at hospitals and orphanages where babies could be left and where they'd be reasonably safe until someone could retrieve them.Photo: Orphanage courtyard.Photo: Porridge bowls.Photo: