A garden full of fruits


Rubens loved gardens and plants. There is also written proof that the garden at the Rubens House was not only ornamental.

During a stay at his country residence in Elewijt, Rubens asks his beloved young pupil Lucas Fayd’herbe in a letter of 18 August 1638 before closing up the house and studio to send Wilm, the gardner, to Elewijt with rossile pears (Rousselet d’Ete), figs if there are and other ripe fruit from his garden in Antwerp.