Gravestone rubbing


15/09/2018 - 16/09/2018

Gravestone rubbing

The Collegiate Church of Saints Peter and Guy contains a collection of valuable examples of funerary heritage. Embedded in the pavement are numerous tombs dating from the 15th to the 18th century. For hundreds of years, these tombs have been the focus of great fascination. In the 19th century, gravestone rubbing even became a popular pastime. This process, which involves making an impression of a carved surface using charcoal or crayon on paper, is now an important source of historical information. Due to their position in the ground, many of the tombstones have become illegible over time because of wear and erosion. The rubbings provide us with information about heraldry, iconography and clothing.
The importance of tombstones and rubbing will be the focus of an exhibition organised at the Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten Anderlecht, where you will also be able to do your own rubbing, learn about the different techniques used to finish stone, view a demonstration of stone cutting and see how charcoal crayons are made. Finally, armed with a map, you will be able to set off on an exploration of the tombstones of the Collegiate Church of Saints Peter and Guy.

A partnership between the Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten Anderlecht, the Fabrique d’Église de la Collégiale Saints-Pierre-et-Guidon and Anderlecht municipal council.

Practical information

    • The Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten Anderlecht
    • Place de la Vaillance/Dapperheidsplein 17
    • 1070 Brussels
    • Sat. & Sun. from 12h00 to 17h00 - Exhibition on the history of tombstones and rubbing, all day Sat. & Sun. - Activity: “Relief rubbing”, all day Sat. & Sun. (French/Dutch) - Activity: “Charcoal crayon making”, Sat. & Sun. at 14h00 (in Dutch only) - Demonstration of stone cutting, all day Sat. & Sun.(French/Dutch) - Self-guided tours of the Collegiate Church of Saints Peter and Guy with map indicating the location of the various tombs, all day Sat. & Sun. (French/Dutch)
    • M
    • T
    • B