For art lovers is a visit to the Golden Age Collection Bonnefantenmuseum a must. In other words, after entering the museum, you can enjoy the permanent Collection of 17th-century Dutch paintings in Maastricht.
As the present museum is located at the river Maas, it is overlooking the old town from east. The site is a former industrial spot named ‘Céramique’. As the Italian architect Aldo Rossi designed the building, it is also one of most prominent modern buildings in Maastricht. The name “Bonnefanten” is derived from the French words ‘bons enfants’ meaning : ‘good children’.
The combination of old- and contemporary art under one roof results to the modern character of the institution. On the first floor of the building you find the department of Golden Age Collection Bonnefantenmuseum. Here the museum displays highlights of Dutch, Italian, Flemish painters. You can detect works of art for example by Peter Paul Rubens.
The painter Henri de Fromantiou is also represented in the collection. This local artist produced works for the art dealer Gerrit van Uylenburgh in Amsterdam. Henri de Fromantiou was later in his life active as artist and painter in The Hague.
The museum’s major collection of medieval sculptures and paintings is also located on the same floor. By strolling through the museum, you can detect religious works of art from leading European workshops. Some of the displayed artist is the femisch born Pieter Coecke van Aelst. His principal subjects are Christian religious themes. Furthermore, he worked as a painter mainly in Antwerp and Brussels.
Easy to reach
Bonnefantenmuseum is located in south part of Maastricht at the river Maas. The building is directly visible, as the architectural focal point is a rocket-shaped structure overlooking water.
You arrive to Bonnefantenmuseum within 15 minutes, by walking along the river Maas from Bourgogne Suite Maastricht ,
Thuesday until Sunday 11.00am – 17.00pm
Avenue Céramique 250,
Maastricht, The Netherlands