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Palace displays Flemish art

October 17, 2008|From Reuters

Buckingham Palace will open its ornate gates to the public today for an exhibition that showcases 51 of the finest Flemish paintings in the Royal Collection, hoarded over centuries by British monarchs.

It's the first time that the Queen's Gallery has brought together treasures by the likes of Rubens, Bruegel and Van Dyck to tell the tale of European art's secret massacres and royal embarrassments.

The exhibition of 15th to 17th century paintings illustrates the turbulent period when Flanders, the region that makes up parts of modern-day Belgium, Holland and France, staged a bloody and drawn-out revolt against Spanish rule.

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