Six centuries of Flemish paintings adorn the Groeningemuseum. Sitting in the lap of the Dijver, one of Bruges’ particularly lovely canalside areas, it enjoys an international reputation for its rich collections of Flemish Primitives and Renaissance works by other artists from the region. This museum no doubt holds the crème de la crème of oil painting from the Middle Ages, including canvasses from the likes of Jan Van Eyck and Hans Memling that depict medieval Bruges and its elite in all their resplendent glory while maintaining a realistic approach. If it weren’t for other museums that deserve your time, it would be all too easy to drown in the brilliant colours and endless detailing in Van Eyck’s The Madonna with Canon van der Paele or Gerard David’s The Judgement of Cambyses.
Groeningemuseum, Dijver 12, 8000 Bruges, Belgium, +32 50 44 87 11