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Two monumental buildings and a painter's statue
mark the entrance to the Meir, Antwerp's main shopping street.

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The MEIR, which runs from the Opera and the Antwerp Tower, to the Boerentoren, is the main shopping street in Antwerp. Here you'll find the usual suspects of international brands, which are the only ones who can afford the rent.

It is a pedestrian zone, with bikes allowed. In the old days before corona, it was on my regular route from where I live to the small pub where I used to meet friends and watch my football. Those were the days!

The shopping crowds are now gathering up again. Some stores have queues outside. In fact, I find it surprisingly busy and it feels a bit awkward, so I still avoid it. Then again, I'm no big shopper anyway, except for a visit to my bookseller, which has now opened up again too.

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Antwerp has quite a reputation for painting, so the statue that welcomes the shoppers is a baroque painter, though not the most famous one.

DAVID TENIERS is a lesser known painter from Antwerp's barouqe days of glory. Actually there were three painters by that name, this is David Teniers II, who is the best known of the lot. He lived in the 17th century, which after a civil war had split up the Netherlands and Antwerp was one of the crown jewels of the Spanish Empire.

Fun fact: David was married to Pieter Breugel's granddaughter Anna.

Antwerp's best known painters of the era were Rubens, Anthony Van Dyck (my favourite) and Jordaens, but of course there were many more.

David Teniers II is late baroque. He is mainly known for genre paintings in the baroque style and he was one of the top artists of the day.

In the statue it looks like he's carrying a shopping bag.

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