… well, you see it for yourself now 😊
390 years ago the Augustinians asked Peter Paul Rubens, Jacob Jordaens and Anthony Van Dyck, the most important painters of Antwerp, to make three altarpieces for their baroque church that was ten years old at the time. For the 400th anniversary of the Baroque Saint Augustine Church Jan Fabre was asked to create his contemporary interpretation on the site where the altarpieces were hanging at the time… and he did.
Fabre used no oil paint in contrast to his predecessors, but he did have 450,000 cover plates from the jewel beetle. He applied this technique for the first time in the Spiegelzaal of the Royal Palace, where he transformed the ceiling into a Heaven of Delight. From commencing the concept to the final realization, it took 2.5 years.
As you can see in the first picture it was almost impossible to take a shot with the 3 works… and when I tried to shoot them from up-close some very nice guides told me I was not allowed to come that close… especially the Schwarzenegger lookalike convinced me 😊
So here are 3 bad quality zoomed in pictures of the works…
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