Quellinus painted this work depicting the moment Christ blesses the bread in 1696 for the Priory of Corsendonk. He made it a dynamic scene amidst a magnificent decor, drawing inspiration from Venetian painter Paolo Veronese and his own father and teacher, Erasmus Quellinus II.
Work on this sober, predominantly gothic and classicist church began in the 14th century and continued until the dawn of the 20th century. Which is why the building pretty much provides an overview of 600 years’ architectural history. Much of the furniture, and the 19th-century stained glass windows, are neo-gothic. Located at the edge of the village, the church was dedicated to Saint Bavo, the patron saint of falconers, of whom there were many living in the woody Campine region.