11 February - 8 May. BOZAR presents a comprehensive overview of 400 years of Venetian and Flemish art, from the 15th to the 18th century, and asks if one school could have existed without the other.
The exhibition contrasts 15 masterpieces from Antwerp's Royal Museum of Fine Arts with some 50 paintings from the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo, one of the finest extant collections of Venetian paintings.
The show's four main themes comprise the portrait, saints in a natural setting, the sacred and the profane, and panoramic views. In the 15th century Bellini's portraits influenced Van Eyck whose naturalistic style in turn caused a sensation in the art world.
During the next century the Venetians veered away from the style of the Flemish Primitives and embraced explosive colour. In the seventeenth century Rubens influenced Tiepolo while the next century saw Venice produce masters like Canaletto.
Tues-Sat 10.00-18.00 Thurs 10.00-21.00