A collector of the fine arts named Fritz Mayer van den Bergh put together an extraordinary collection of more than 3,000 objects in just a few short years in the 1890s. These are currently on view on the four floors of the Museum Mayer van den Bergh, a Neo-Gothic home located at Lange Gasthuisstraat 19.
The collection has some exceptional works of art, including paintings by Quentin Massys, Lucas Cranach, Rubens, Jordaens, Bouts, van der Weyden, van Ostade, and Pieter Bruegel the Elder (Dulle Griet and the oldest of the artist’s signature works The Twelve Proverbs are both in Room 26).
The exceptional collection of ivories, the rare 16th-century Flemish breviary, the Flemish and French religious sculptures, as well as the polychrome group Christ with St. John (1300) by Henry of Constance and the Netherlands diptych in Room 14 are all of the considerable importance (ca. 1400).
A collection of porcelain is housed on the second floor, and paintings and furnishings from the 17th century are found on the third.