The Jean van Caloen Foundation transfers management of a collection of about 2,000 drawings to Musea Brugge. Also included is a diagram by Michelangelo.
Drawings and 25 sketchbooks dating from the late 16th to the 20th centuries. It was collected by Baron Jan van Kaluen (1884-1972) and kept in the area of the 19th-century castle built by his grandfather in Llobem.
Van Kaluen was a keen collector with a keen interest in art – his collection occupies an entire floor of the castle. The foundation that now bears his name has chosen to entrust the paintings at risk to Musea Brugge, due to their “experience and expertise in preserving, managing and displaying them”.
In addition to the works of Italian and French masters, the Flemish, Dutch and Belgian schools are mainly represented. Spotlight on Michelangelo St. Stephen was stoned. This preparatory sketch for a large composition is the only one drawn by a giant Italian Renaissance preserved in Belgium.
Seven works from the first collection can be admired for a week at the Groening Museum in Bruges, including works by Jacob Jordan and Francois Boucher. The entire collection will be recorded and digitized in the print room in the coming months. (gvds)
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