In 1555 Christoffle Plantin established an influential printing workshop in this stately patrician mansion in the city center. Its output included an astonishing multilanguage (Hebrew, Greek, Syriac, Latin, and Aramaic) edition of the Bible and translations of other great works of literature. Plantin's name survives in today's publishing world as a widely used typeface. His grandson, Balthasar Moretus, was a contemporary and close friend of Rubens, who illustrated many of the books published by the Plantin-Moretus workshop and who painted the family portraits you see displayed here, along with panel paintings that include The Dying Seneca (1616). The museum's exhibits include an antique Librorium Prohibitorum, a catalog of books proscribed by the church as being unfit for pious consumption.
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- Recommended 2010