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21/05/2021 – 28/11/2021

Crazy about Dymphna

Niguliste Museum
Adult: Niguliste Museum
€8
  • Family: Niguliste Museum
    €16
  • Discount: Niguliste Museum
    €6
  • Combined: for the branches of the Art Museum of Estonia in the Tallinn Old Town
    €12
  • Combined family: for the branches of the Art Museum of Estonia in the Tallinn Old Town
    €24
  • Gift: Niguliste Museum
    €8
  • Family gift: Niguliste Museum
    €16
Goossen Van der Weyden. St Dymphna altarpiece. Detail. Dymphna and her Companions Fleeing to Antwerp. Ca 1505. © The Phoebus Foundation
Goossen Van der Weyden. St Dymphna altarpiece. Detail. Dymphna and her Companions Fleeing to Antwerp. Ca 1505. © The Phoebus Foundation
Exhibition

The St Dymphna altarpiece was painted around 1505 by Goossen Van der Weyden, a grandson of the renowned Rogier Van der Weyden. This brilliant example of the early Dutch painting tradition, with its peculiar pictorial programme, used to be part of the permanent exhibition of the Antwerp Royal Museum of Fine Arts. The seven painted panels of the altarpiece depict the tragic life and sufferings of the virgin martyr Dymphna. The work was commissioned for the Tongerlo (nowadays in Belgium) Abbey near the town of Geel. The Irish princess Dymphna died a martyr’s death in Geel and she has been revered in the region since the Middle Ages as a healer of mental afflictions.

The display presenting the story, meaning and recently completed conservation work of the altarpiece is coming to Estonia in cooperation with The Phoebus Foundation, which is one of the most significant and abundant private art collections in Belgium. The conservators of The Phoebus Foundation spent three years conserving the panels, in cooperation with Belgian and international experts. The conservation was accompanied by thorough technical research, which provided new insights into the meaning, origins and creation process of the altarpiece.

Curators: Katharina Van Cauteren (The Phoebus Foundation)
Coordinator: Merike Kurisoo (Art Museum of Estonia), Niels Schalley (The Phoebus Foundation)