This is the only signed work by Jan Mandijn, clearly a follower of Hieronymus Bosch (who would have been at least a generation older), showing the Temptation of St Anthony, painted around 1550. Normally it's in the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem up north in the Netherlands, so it's nice to have it locally. I am a Bosch fan anyway, but it's fascinating to see another painter picking up the same themes and taking them in a slightly different direction.
This is St Catherine of Siena, drinking the blood of Christ as part of her mystical experiences (the right panel shows her fainting, which is not terribly surprising). Very strange but also fascinating.
There are some very silly plaster Child Jesuses.
As well as lots of medieval and early modern paintings, sculptures and books, there are some contemporary artisis on display. We were pretty impressed by Mario De Brabandere's images of the monastic life, quite enjoyed Marlene Dumas' paintings, but were frankly puzzled by the two pieces by Ann Veronica Janssens.
Anyway, the exhibition continues to the end of February; as the Michelin guides used to say, worth a detour if you are in this part of the world.