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Last few days to see the reunited Ommegang

One of the marshals © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

2015 is the 400th anniversary of the ‘Triumph of Archduchess Isabella’ in the Brussels Ommegang, which took place on 31st May 1615. To record the 1615 Ommegang, Isabella commissioned the artist Denys van Alsloot to produce six paintings depicting the entire procession. Only four of the original six survive, two being in the Prado in Madrid […]

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August in Liège

Drummers of 2015 © Liz Miller

Today we have a guest post from Liz Miller, one of the Europe Galleries Curators, recounting how a recent holiday to Liège called to mind some key features of the project. ———– The Belgian city of Liège lies about an hour by train to the east of Brussels. Even on holiday there is no getting […]

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The Brussels Ommegang

‘Triumph of Archduchess Isabella in the Brussels Ommegang of Sunday, 31st May 1615’, oil on canvas, Denys van Alsloot, Southern Netherlands, now Belgium (Brussels), 1616 V&A 5928-1859 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Tonight will see Brussels’ Grand Place packed with spectators for the annual Ommegang, a centuries-old traditional procession that takes place every July in Brussels, Belgium. Ommegang means ‘walking around’ in Old Flemish. Ommegangen were originally religious processions in which relics or venerated images were carried around a prescribed route to mark a particular holy day.  ‘Ommegang’ came to be […]

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