At the beginning of this year, the Belgian Heritage Fund (Erfgoedfonds) purchased ‘The Arrival at St. Anneke, with view of Antwerp’ (‘De aankomst in Sint-Anneke, met zicht op Antwerpen’), a work by Hendrik van Minderhout and Jan van Helmont. The painting is being lent to Museum Vleeshuis. This unique illustration of Antwerp in the seventeenth century is thus returning to its native city.
The Courtin-Bouché Fund has acquired a lot of 17 music manuscripts by the internationally-renowned Belgian composer Philippe Boesmans, who was about to sell the manuscripts individually. The Foundation has thus been able to avoid part of our musical heritage of great value from being dispersed.
A 16th century wall tapestry, probably made in Tournai and bearing witness to various styles from the early Renaissance, has found its place at the TAMAT in Tournai. The Claire and Michel Lemay Fund enabled this mysterious tapestry to be acquired.
The Philippe de Dorlodot Collection, donated to the King Baudouin Foundation, has been entrusted to the Moretus Plaintin University Library in Namur. The collection consists of over 600 works printed in the 16th century by the famous Renaissance typographer Christophe Plantin.