Theodoor van Loon | A Caravaggist Painter between Rome and Brussels Opening 14 February 2019
Theodoor van Loon (1581/82-1649) was a highly successful painter from the Southern Netherlands who was mainly active in Brussels. At the beginning of the 17th century, after spending a considerable amount of time in Rome, Van Loon, like his contemporary Peter Paul Rubens, introduced the innovative language of Italian artists in the Southern Netherlands.
Van Loon's expressive Baroque style still impresses today through its majestic, almost sculpture like figures that are modelled by a sharp chiraroscuro. The exhibition sheds new light on works from our own collection of Old Masters. The scientific research that preceded it thus allowed to place "The Adoration of the Magi" by Jan Verhoeven (ca 1600 - after 1676) in its historical context. The work is entirely based on Theodoor van Loon's most popular original composition.
The MNHA invites its visitors to discover the little known oeuvre of this atypical artist. The exhibition is organized by the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) in collaboration with the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (MRBAB) and in partnership with the National Museum of History and Art Luxembourg (MNHA). After the exhibition in BOZAR in Brussels (10.10.2018 - 13.01.2019), a selection of the most important works is now presented in Luxembourg.