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Between Heaven and Earth | from 07.03.2020

Discover 'The Last Supper' by Dieric Bouts in the new visitors' centre Saint Peter's Church

As from the 7th of March 2020, the newly restored Saint Peter’s Church will be the setting for an experience that touches all your senses. Immerse yourself in the fascinating story of this Gothic church and renew your acquaintance with its art treasures: outstanding works by Flemish Masters in their authentic context.

Outstandig artworks in their authentic setting

Sint-Pieterskerk interieur

The Grote Markt is the historic heart of Leuven, with the City Hall and Saint Peter’s Church. The imposing Gothic church will be completely restored by March 2020, after more then 20 years of restauration works. This enables M – Museum Leuven to exhibit the art treasures of the church in all their glory. You will discover a unique ensemble of artworks in their original historic setting, located in the places for which they were made, among which the absolute masterpiece: ‘The Last Supper’ by Dieric Bouts

Dieric Bouts: Flemish Primive, city painter of Leuven

Het Laatste Avondmaal van Dirk Bouts, Leuven

Only a handful of 15th-century triptychs that match the quality of ‘The Last Supper’ by Dieric Bouts are still exhibited in their original settings. Moreover, the work is intimately linked to Leuven and its history. Bouts transposed an event in the life of Christ to his own age and his own city (1468). Jesus and his apostles sit at a table in a 15th-century patrician mansion, and they wear 15th-century clothing. Through the window, you can see Leuven’s Grote Markt during the building of the city hall. In a genious and original manner Dieric Bouts uses perspective in this paiting. Bouts is considered the odd one out among the Flemish Primitives because he consistently avoided any dramatism in his works. Due to his typical style of painting, which exudes an atmosphere of restraint, he was often called ‘the painter of silence’.
Saint Peter’s Church also features a second triptych by this master: 'The Martyrdom of Saint Erasmus’.

Discover 12 Flemish masterpieces in one location

Sint-Pieterskerk Leuven Naaf

Other works will also be given prominent places in the new interior arrangements, 12 in total, such as the tomb of Henry I, the series of paintings of Proud Margaret, the design models of the church tower, the Sedes Sapientiae, the 'Triumphal Cross' by Jan Borman and the Sacrament Tower. The ‘Edelheere Triptych’ (1443), the oldest copy of the world-famous masterpiece ‘Descent from the Cross’ by Rogier van der Weyden (1438), will also return to its own chapel in the church.

Mixed reality -augmented and virtual reality- will bring the artworks truly to life and let you discover the vibrant Leuven of the past and present.