Peter Paul Rubens has always been a painter I only had the utmost admiration for. I was so excited to have the opportunity of visiting his home in Antwerp – filled with stunning sculptures and little tidbits about his life. The villa itself is Italian-inspired and features a Baroque garden, all planned by Rubens himself.
What I particularly love are the details you will unexpectedly find mounted on doors or in furniture – beauty and grandeur hidden in the smallest of places.
Make sure you catch some of the incredible works of other grand masters currently housed at Rubenshuis, including the incredible Tintoretto altar piece (once owned by David Bowie) and the charming Anthony van Dyck piece that was purchased by Roman Catholic priest Jamie MacLeod for £400 on the much-loved British show Antiques Roadshow! The latter work proved to be an original of van Dyck (who was a student of Rubens), was sold to a private collector (and Jamie MacLeod was very happy to use the proceeds to buy new church bells) and is being borrowed by Rubenshuis for public display. It was a wonderful story which made our visit a little more special.
Crop top // Zara
Jeans // Hollister
Shoes // Forever 21