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Painting of the Baroque
Apart from 17th century Dutch painting, which occupies a central place in the Collection, there is Baroque painting by other - especially Flemish - masters as well as by those of Italian or German origin.
After the secession of the Netherlands' northern provinces, the southern (now Belgian) commercial city of Antwerp lost its pre-eminent position to Amsterdam, though it remained a cultural centre. Its artistic heart was the great workshop of Peter Paul Rubens, whose hand created the opaque watercolour painting of Alexander the Great. Rubens' influence is unmistakable in the dramatic storm at sea with a shipwreck and rainbow by the marine painter Bonaventura Peeters. Marten Ryckaert's landscape of ruins and Isaac van Oosten's village scene belong to the numerous landscapes painted in the "blue-green" style of the Brueghel dynasty for the flourishing art market.

Representatives of late Italian Baroque include an enigmatic quackery scene by the female Venetian painter Giulia Lama and a winter landscape by Francesco Foschi reminiscent of the Dutch style.

One peculiarity is the Vienna-based German portraitist Christian Seybold's painting of an old woman with a girl singing - a large-scale work whose excessive realism invokes an almost oppressive feel. The transition from late Baroque to Classicism has already taken place in a work by Angelika Kaufmann that depicts a mythological scene.