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Until October 20, 2024

Saints, Sinners, Lovers and Fools

Three Hundred Years of Flemish Masterworks
Free for Members

The great Flemish painters are coming to the MMFA in this large-scale exhibition that brings together masterworks by Hans Memling, Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, Jacob Jordaens and Michaelina Wautier, among many others.

Touching on themes that have fascinated humankind from time immemorial, Saints, Sinners, Lovers and Fools invites you to discover some 150 art works and objects. Coming mostly from The Phoebus Foundation’s remarkable Flemish art collection, these works will transport you to the Netherlands of 1400 to 1700, in what was a dynamic period of social, scientific, economic and artistic development.

A major Canadian premiere!

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Learn more about this exhibition

Audio tour and exploration guide

Be sure to have your smartphone and earbuds or headphones with you in order to use the exhibition audioguide. This guide will enrich your viewing, as it delves in greater detail into the subjects and styles adopted by Flemish artists between the 15th and 17th centuries.

The MMFA’s WiFi is free and accessible throughout the Museum complex.

In addition, a free activities workbook for kids is available at the exhibition entrance. This fun booklet guides children in their discovery of the works on view and allows them to express their creativity.


Enrich your experience

We offer several ways to expand on your exploration of the exhibition. See which ones appeal to you!

Boutique and publication

Take advantage of being at the Museum to browse the Boutique and Bookstore! You’ll find a wide selection of products related to the exhibition, including a richly illustrated art book, available in French and English. Various breathtaking masterpieces from The Phoebus Foundation’s collection are described in a fascinating read about the image and its meaning, which sheds light on the links between culture and society. For sale exclusively at the MMFA’s Boutique and Bookstore. Museum Members enjoy a 10% discount on the retail price.

A prelude to your visit

Watch this video produced by The Phoebus Foundation, which gives the historical context of the works on display.

Length: 7 min 10 s
Language: Flemish with French and English subtitles
Narration: Katharina Van Cauteren, Chief of Staff of The Phoebus Foundation Chancellery and curator of the exhibition

Vice, vertu, désir, folie | Saints, Sinners, Lovers and Fools

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Credits and curatorial team

An exhibition co-organized by the Denver Art Museum and The Phoebus Foundation, Antwerp, Belgium, in collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

The exhibition is curated by Katharina Van Cauteren, Chief of Staff of The Phoebus Foundation Chancellery. The Montreal presentation is curated by Chloé M. Pelletier, Curator of European Art (before 1800) at the MMFA.

Major Public Partner

Gouvernement du Canada

With support from

Tourisme Montréal

Official Sponsor

Media Partners

Public Partners

Photo Thibault Carron

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