Centuries later, his masterpieces of filigree, gold and silverwork can be seen at the Musée Arts Anciens Namurois in the Wallonian capital of Namur, just under an hour’s drive southeast of Brussels. The museum is considered one of Belgium’s finest and ‘Le Trésor d’Oignies’, or ‘The Oignies Treasure’ as the collection is known, includes meticulously worked golden goblets and double crosses, studded with precious and semi-precious stones. Oignies’ work is however, far from being the only reason for visiting. Housed in a magnificent 18th century mansion, this gem of a museum is also home to both an exceptional sculpture collection showcasing the finest Mosan pieces from the 12th to 16th centuries as well as many works by the 16th century landscape painter Henri Bles, known for his vast and slightly fantastical landscapes.

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