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Scientific research

Museum Het Zotte Kunstkabinet is a research institute focussing on the pictural art in the Southern Netherlands between 1500 and 1650, with special attention to satirical-moralising themes.
It is no coincidence that these painters and their satirical themes have been selected. 't Vliegend Peert, the historical house in which the institute is located, was the center of the production of these paintings and graphic art during the sixteenth century.


16th Century:

Masters like Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel are extremely important, but also less famous painters as Jan and Frans Verbeeck, Jan Mandyn, Jan Massys, etc... belong to the core of the research.


17th Century:

During the first half of the 17th century, gifted painters as Adriaen Brouwer and Joos Van Craesbeeck continue producing satirical-moralising work. Studying these masters and their followers is also a priority of the center.




The researsch institute is available for all public organisations, individuals or organisations wishing to seek advice on the authenticity or preservation of works of art they possess or manage.
Next to a specialised library, the center also disposes for this research of a technical-scientific instrumentarium.




One of the main objectives of the Museum Het Zotte Kunstkabinet is showing the results of this research to a greater audience. Realizations that received great international response, were the expositions De Zotte Schilders (2003) as well as Mayken Verhulst (2005),  and the accompanying scientific publications.




The Museum Het Zotte Kunstkabinet is a member of the international scientific association of musea and researchers Historians of Netherlandisch Art (HNA).



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