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Restoring the wise

On 7 April, the extensive retrospective exhibition ‘Pieter Jozef Verhaghen. In the Wake of Rubens’ opened at Museum M. Verhaghen was an eighteenth-century baroque artist who painted large historical pieces with religious or mythological themes. His main patrons were churches and abbeys. The exhibition will feature one painting from KU Leuven’s collection: The Adoration of the Magi, an early piece by Verhaghen that is signed and dated (1756). The painting is a large altarpiece – approximately 2.5 by 2.5 metres – from the Zwartzustersklooster. Until recently, the painting was in very bad condition, but has now been restored at the Salvartes workshop of Pierre Masson in Leefdaal (see photo).

 
‘Pieter Jozef Verhaghen. In the Wake of Rubens’, from 7 April until 25 September at museum M.