Augustinus Music Centre (AMUZ) - Anthony Van Dyck - "The Ecstasy of St. Augustinus"

The Augustinus Music Centre (AMUZ) is located in the Kammenstraat in Antwerp.

The aim of AMUZ according their own website: “The Augustinus Music centre presents a varied program, with fundamentally classic music coupled with other genres, cultures and artistic expressions. That is how confrontations are developing between old and new, western and non-western music. AMUZ also gives special attention to genres that are often taken less into consideration or not at all. In doing so, the music centre is giving a surplus value to the music variety needs of Flanders."

AMUZ uses the former Saint Augustinus church. By means of an impressive restoration and new building extensions, the place has been transformed to an excellent concert hall.


Pictures shown by kind courtesy of AMUZ.


Anthony van Dyck

Anthony van Dyck was born in Antwerp on March 22, 1599. His gift of making beautiful paintings was present at a very young age. At age 16 he and Jan Brueghel the younger founded a workshop together. He was admitted to the Antwerp painters' Guild of Saint Luke as a freemason at age 18 and continued his education. Pieter Paul Rubens referred to the nineteen-year-old van Dyck as 'the best of my pupils'. In 1621 Antoon (Anthony) went abroad for six years, studying Italian masters. On his return in 1627 his reputation had risen in such a way that king Charles I of England invited him to England. There too he became famous in a very short time. In 1632 he was knighted and in 1633 he was appointed court painter for the king. He was married in 1638 to Mary, daughter of Lord Ruthven, and together they had a one daughter. Antoon (Anthony ?) van Dyck also had a daughter with a mistress.


Anthony van Dyck

1599 - 1641


Anthony van Dyck is known as the greatest baroque painter of the Netherlands, after Rubens. Although Rubens initially influenced his style, in later work it is the style of Titian, one of the most important painters of the Renaissance, which can be seen. Anthony van Dyck died in London on December 9, 1641, at the age of 42. He is buried in the St Paul's Cathedral of London.

In 1628 three masters, Pieter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck and Jacob Jordaens, were commissioned to decorate the main altars with a painting. The painting by Van Dyck, ‘the Ecstasy of St. Augustinus”, can be seen at the northern altar.

The description from Amuz: "Saint Augustinus is taken into rapture by a celestial vision in which he sees the appearance of the Holy Trinity. This work refers to the Agustinian mystic. The painting has been divided in two groups. In the bottom group, the earthly one, Augustinus is standing in the middle. On his left side an angel supports him. His mother, Saint Monica, is kneeling beside the angel. To the right of Augustinus an angel points to an apparition in the sky. Nicolas of Tolentino is kneeling beside the angel. The passage to the upper group is formed by a column, which blurs in the sky. Many angels are surrounding the Trinity: Christ, a dove as a symbol for the Holy Ghost and the triangle bearing the Hebrew name of God the father: Jehovah."

As mentioned in the description this is God's name written in Hebrew.



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