|The book shop with the list of forbidden books to the right.|
|Some of the marvellous books|
The book illustrations take up a big part of the archives. There are “791 drawings, 2,846 copperplates and 13,791 woodblock”. They bring together the names of nearly all the great Antwerp masters of the 16th and 17th century, such as Peter Paul Rubens as the most famous one. In the museum you see some of the copper plates that he did. You really feel the wings of history here. Rubens was also a personal friend of the family.
|Ruben's copper plates|
|The big library|
|The small library|
The house also contains rich art collections, fantastic gilded leather ‘wallpaper’, tapestries, luxury furnishings and nineteen paintings by Peter Paul Rubens.
|Gilded leather wall paper|
If you are in Antwerp, this is a must see Museum!