Exhibition in the dependencies
The provincial collection of Jehay is that of a Belgian aristocrat, Count Guy van den Steen. The count was passionate about art and history, and gathered together in one place some very special objects, some of them strange, rare, outstanding or miscellaneous. A true Cabinet of Curiosities.
Cabinets of curiosities appeared in Northern Italy from the end of the 15th century onwards. They were the delight of wealthy aristocrats, passionate intellectuals, personalities in search of knowledge. “Amass” seems to have been the keyword for these always private places, which ranged from the most confined to the most spacious.
These special ensembles went on to evolve as time went by, in step with scientific discoveries, until they evolved into the museum institutions with which we are familiar today.
On stepping into the “Jehay Cabinet of Curiosities” you will discover astonishing works of art that belong to the heritage of Liège Province. Since the start of the 2015 season, you also have the opportunity to admire a major painting: Christ the Gardener and the Adoration of the Kings, a double-faced panel attributed to Lambert Lombard, recently restored and studied by the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage in Brussels.