Art and good government

The Antwerp Saint Luke's guild and the founding of the Academy

Individual visitors - Lecture

A lecture by Suzanne Duff, Rubenianum Fellow 2017-18 (Brown University)

By mid-seventeenth century, the Antwerp Saint Luke's guild was already working to revive the local art market to heights experienced just a century before. 1648 marked a difficult turn after the blockade of the Schelde, and with the foundation of the Paris Academie that same year, the guild needed to act. This lecture will explore the actions taken by the guild to found the Royal Academy for Painting and Sculpture in 1663. What was the guild's intention and how did it accomplish the academy's founding? And how did its artisans respond to the school, including the emphasis on drawing from life, the foundation of contemporary Italian artistic theory? Works donated to the guild at this time by Jacob Jordaens, Theodor Boeijermans, Artus Quellinus I and others will be essential for exploring these and other questions about the impact of the guild on the place of art and its production in the city.

This lecture is in English.


  • Suncay 11 March 2018 at 11 a.m.
  • Location: Rubenianum, Kolveniersstraat 20, 2000 Antwerpen
  • The admission of € 5 is to be paid at the beginning of the lecture. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept debit or credit cards. This lecture is free of charge for the members of the Friends of the Rubens House and for the Rubenianum Fund donors.

Please note: The Antwerp Urban Trail running competition takes place in Antwerp city centre on Sunday 11 March 2018. The streets that are part of the course will be difficult to reach or completely traffic free between 6 am and 4 pm. More information and a map of the competition route can be found on this website.


Please register for this lecture via online registration or by e-mail.

This event is made possible by the support of the Baillet Latour Fund.