The Groenplaats or ‘Green Place’, one of Antwerp’s most prominent squares, is located in the heart of the city’s historic district, near the Cathedral of Our Lady. Until the 18th century, the Groenplaats was Antwerp’s main cemetery. During the Austrian occupation, emperor Joseph II abolished cemeteries inside the city walls, so it was converted into a square. Locals continued to call the square ‘green cemetery’. Not as green as its name suggests, the Groenplaats is a square bordered mainly by cafes. Somebody is joking that the square changes its green color because of great flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens which statue stands right at the center of the square…
A bronze statue of Rubens graces the center of the Groenplaats since 1843 . It replaced a large crucifix that stood here. The statue honors Antwerp’s most famous citizen, the prolific painter Pieter Paul Rubens, whose dramatic baroque paintings are displayed in churches and museums all over the world. He lived here from 1587 until his death in 1640.
The statue was commissioned by the city council in 1840, at the bicentennial of Rubens’ death and was created by local sculptor Willem Geefs.
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Posted by >egold. on 2011-11-19 14:49:17