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which is surrounded with quaint mediaeval buildings. The Gateway
in the corner to the left, erected in imitation of one on the same
site by Arthus Quellin, which was burned down in 1872, and
adorned with sculptures by De Kesel (Neptune, the Schelde, and
the Lys), leads to the Marche aux Poissons (PL 19; C, 4). — On
the N. side of the Place, at the corner of the Rue de la Monnaie,
the Oudeburg (s'Qravenkasteel, Gravensteen, Chateau des Comtes;
PL 2; C, 3), a massive old castellated-looking gateway, with loop¬
holes , rises among a number of modern houses. It is a remnant of
the ancient palace of the Counts of Flanders, where Edward III.
with his Queen Philippa were sumptuously entertained by Jacques
van Artevelde in 1339, and where their son John of Gaunt (i. e.,
Gand or Ghent) was born in 1340. Here, too, the beautiful Jac¬
queline, Countess of Holland, was kept a prisoner for three months
by Philippe le Bon of Burgundy in 1424. The palace was built in
868, but the gateway not before 1180. A subterranean passage,
272 M. in length, leading to a point outside the city, and probably
employed for admitting soldiers to the palace in case of an emer¬
gency, has recently been discovered here. — The adjacent Rue du
Vieux Bourg, at the end of the Pont du Laitage (p. 42), a bridge
which crosses to the Marche* du Vendredi, contains two interesting
houses of the 17th cent., embellished with numerous terracotta
reliefs (one of them called 'den vliegenden Hert').
In the Rue Ste. Marguerite (No. 5), which forms a continuation
of the Rue de la Monnaie, is situated the Royal Academy of Art,
established in the old Augustine Monastery, adjoining the incon¬
siderable Augustine Church (PL 4; C, 3), and containing a Musee
with about 250 pictures. There are no works of pre-eminent merit,
but the collection is worth a visit. Among the old works, besides
a specimen of Rubens, are several by G. de Crayer, who migrated
from Brussels to Ghent in the latter part of his life, and died here
in 1669 at the age of 87. The collection is arranged on the second
floor, and is open to the public, Sun. 10-1 free, at other times 50 c.
(concierge at No. 7).
Room I. To the left: "'94. Fr. Pourbus, Isaiah announcing to Heze-
kiah his recovery, with the miracle of the sun going ten degrees back¬
ward; on the wings a Crucifixion and the donor, the Abbot del Rio; on
the outside, Raising of Lazarus, in grisaille. 95. Fr. Pourbus, Large winged
altarpiece, with 22 scenes from the life of Christ; on the back, the Last
Supper. 51. M. de Vos, Holy Family. Also several good works by un¬
known masters. — To the right —
Room II. (large, and lighted from the roof). To the left: 47. Peter
Neefs the Elder, Peter liberated from the prison; 15. De Crayer, St. John
in Patmos; 45. G. Maes, St. Nicholas (1689); !"18. De Crayer, Solomon's
Judgment, one of the artist's masterpieces; 1. Th. Boeyermans, Vision of
St. Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi; 75. Th. van Rombouts, Allegorical represen¬
tation of Justice, formerly in the Hotel de Ville; 2 Th. Boeyermans, S.
Carlo Borromeo dispensing the Sacrament to persons stricken with the
plague ; 39. Jan van Cleef, Holy Family, with the Infant Saviour crown¬
ing Joseph with a wreath of roses; 19. De Crayer, Martyrdom of St. Bla-
sius (his last work, painted in 1668 at the age of 86); 38. Peter Thus, St.