Dedicated entirely to the late Antoine Wiertz (1806-1865), the museum is a tribute to both his work and his involvement in the Belgian Romantic movement. His vast canvas paintings, which focus on epic battles and morbid musings, consume most of the wall space in a large, open room (what was once Wiertz’s studio), dotted intermittently with smaller sketches or drawings. The museum lies in the Leopold district, in the shadow of the European Parliament complex, which is fitting being that the Belgian state is legally stuck with Wiertz’s fairly controversial artwork. The number of visitors has dwindled over the years, as some praise Wiertz and his creativity, while many others are appalled by his rather graphic work.
Since its inception, Notre Dame de la Chapelle has seen several transformations. Part Romanesque,... Read more