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Church of Our Lady

The Adoration of the Shepherds
Antoon van Dyck
Vlaamse Meesters in Situ Dendermonde

The Fraternity of Our Lady (Broederschap van Onze-Lieve-Vrouw) commissioned this work from Antoon van Dyck for the altar in the choir of Our Lady.It shows an intimate representation of Mary showing the newborn Baby Jesus to the adoring shepherds. One of them has taken a lamb, in reference to Christ as the 'Lamb of God' having come to save humanity from sin. The composition is clever and the colour palette eclectic, with stark contrasts between dark and light.

Church of Our Lady

This gothic church dates primarily from the 1300s and 1400s, but a baroque chapel dedicated to the Holy Sacrament was added in the apse at the end of the 17th century. The interior of the building, too, is mainly baroque due to the destruction that went on during the Reformation. The copious number of paintings by Flemish masters (including two by van Dyck) and the rich church treasure with liturgical objects are also remarkable.

Onze Lieve Vrouwkerkplein
From 01 Apr to 31 May on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 13:00 to 17:00
From 01 Jun to 30 Sep from Tuesdays to Sundays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
closed on Mondays except public holidays