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From scribble to cartoon

Drawings from Bruegel to Rubens

In this exhibition, the Museum Plantin-Moretus shows the 100 most beautiful old master drawings from Flemish collections. From scribble to cartoon: Drawings from Bruegel to Rubens gives an astonishing and representative overview of the art of drawing in our regions in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The Flemish masterpiece list

In 2020, the Flemish government placed a large number of old master drawings on their masterpiece list, including rare artworks by Frans Floris, Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony Van Dyck, Jacques Jordaens, Otto van Veen, Jan Fijt and many more. The majority of these masterpieces are kept in the Museum Plantin-Moretus. The museum takes the official recognition of these drawings as masterpieces as an opportunity to put its unique collection in the spotlight. The exhibition presents an overview that illustrates who, why and how people drew in our regions in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The exhibition challenges the visitor to look beyond a drawing’s subject and composition to consider how and why it was created and why an artist chose specific materials, techniques, formats and even sizes. It provides a framework to allow visitors to see drawings in the functional context for which they were created.

Curator Virginie D'haene


Combiticket Flemish Masterpieces

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At the same time, the exhibition 'Rare and Indispensable' at the MAS (31.10.23 to 25.02.24) presents a completely different dimension to the Flemish masterpiece list. Famous paintings by names such as Magritte, Bacon, Ensor, sculptures, precious silver, mediaeval manuscripts and rare furniture can all be admired there. Works of art you would otherwise have to travel all over Flanders to see, or which were never even publicly accessible, can now be temporarily admired in one museum hall.



We offer a combiticket which allows you to visit both exhibitions 'From scribble to cartoon' and 'Rare & Indispensable'. Reserve the combiticket online. The timeslot you choose is valid for the Museum Plantin-Moretus.

Book your combiticket

  • Choose the date of your visit
  • Select a timeslot
  • Select the Combiticket Topstukken
  • Hold on to your ticket after your visit to the Museum Plantin-Moretus. This ticket will allow you entry to the exhibition at the MAS.


International recognition

The Getty Foundation recently selected the exhibition From scribble to cartoon: Drawings from Bruegel to Rubens for the grant The Paper Project: Prints and Drawings Curatorship in the 21st Century. This international programme supports young curators of prints and drawings in their professional development and in building expertise in art on paper. The grant, worth 81,000 euros, will enable Virginie D'haene, curator of old prints and drawings of the Museum Plantin-Moretus and the curator of this exhibition, to conduct research on drawings worldwide and to accompany the upcoming exhibition with a scientific publication.


Practical info

  • From November 17th 2023 until February 18th 2024
  • From Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Closed on December 25th and January 1st

Book your ticket

This exhibition is organized by the Museum Plantin-Moretus, Antwerp, curated by Virginie D’haene. It will be shown in an adapted version at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford, entitled ‘Bruegel to Rubens. Great Flemish Drawings that runs from March 22 to June 29, 2024, co-curated by An Van Camp and Virginie D’haene. 

This exhibition is made possible with support from the Flemish Government and Getty through The Paper Project initiative. This exhibition is also a bearer of the EU Presidency label.

Along with this exhibition

Zeelandiae descriptio, Anton van den Wyngaerde

Symposium 'From Scribble to Cartoon'

Different experts on drawings of old masters will present new insights on particular themes, drawings and draughtsmen related to the exhibition 'From Scribble to Cartoon. Drawings from Bruegel to Rubens'.

Immerse yourself in the world of drawing

From scribble to cartoon

This exhibition shows the 100 finest old drawings from Flemish collections. It gives a stunning overview of who, why and how people drew in our region in the 16th and 17th centuries. On this page, you can find more information about the works and immerse yourself in the world of drawing.

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