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The Golden CabinetAntwerp
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The Rockox House, the former home of the alderman, humanist, archaeologist numismatist, patron and art collector Nicolas Rockox, is now a museum devoted to the history of art.
Humanist and benefactor
In addition to his chief role as alderman, Rockox was also a renowned humanist. His collection of antiquities and old coins earned him the respect of archaeologists, scholars, and artists throughout Europe. Rockox was also a patron of artists such as Peter Paul Rubens.
It was in fact his commission for the State Room of the City Hall, the renowned 'The Adoration of the Magi', that gained the painter his first official recognition. Rubens was just one of the many artists admired by Rockox: he was also a great collector of works by Memling, Van Dyck, and Bruegel, among others.
In 1603, Rockox acquired a pair of magnificent patrician houses located at Keizerstraat 10 and 12 in Antwerp. The diverse collection of objects he accumulated during his lifetime was sold upon his death, with the proceeds donated to the poor. His Chinese porcelain, corals and Venetian glass are well worth a visit! And in the inner courtyard garden, you can still see the traces of his passion for rare species of plants.
Monday to Sunday: 10:00-17:00
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