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At the beginning of the early modern period, painting in the Burgundian Netherlands (today's Benelux countries) was groundbreaking for European art. Jan Van Eyck, Hans Memling or Joos van Cleve left their mark on painting throughout Europe.
With more than fifty paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries, the Suermondt Ludwig Museum in Aachen owns an important collection of Old Flemish art. For the first time, this unique collection, which was assembled in Aachen from Barthold Suermondt to Peter and Irene Ludwig, is now being specially honored in an exhibition.
The exhibition presents the results of art-historical as well as painting-technological research on the works, and thus takes a look at their process of creation and the organization of painters' workshops in Antwerp, Bruges, Utrecht or Leiden.
In addition to masterpieces from the studios of Hans Memling, Ambrosius Benson and Joos van Cleve, as well as paintings from Flemish art centers such as Antwerp, Brussels and Bruges, the Suermondt Ludwig Museum also owns panel paintings from art centers in the northern Netherlands. There, the surviving stock of late medieval paintings is much smaller than in Flanders due to iconoclasm and the Reformation, and the Aachen collection is therefore of hardly overestimable importance for the prehistory of Dutch painting. Paintings by, among others, Cornelis Engebrechtsz. and his and his pupil Lucas van Leyden, by the anonymous Master of Delft, and by Jacob van Oostsanen, who was active in Amsterdam, complement the Flemish works and thus allow a comprehensive insight into the most diverse manifestations of painting between 1450 and 1550 throughout the Netherlands.