Royal Art - Dirk Bouts - City painter of Leuven

Dirk Bouts, also written as Dieric Bouts was born around 1410 in,
probably, Haarlem. Nowadays Haarlem is located in The Netherlands.

He moved to Leuven (Louvain) and married there in 1448.
Leuven is a city located in the province Flemish Brabant in Belgium.

Dirk Bouts married twice and had 4 children, 2 daughters and 2 sons.
His 2 daughters went to convents and his 2 sons became painters who
brought Bouts workshop into the mid-16th. century.

painting located Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam 

Royal Art

Dirk Bouts attained the rank of city painter in Leuven in 1468.
That was during the reign of Charles The Bold, Duke of Burgundy.

Amazing works

The first documented works from Bouts dated from 1457.

The Last Supper  

One of his famous paintings is the Last Supper, a central panel of the
Altarpiece of the Holy Sacrament, commissioned by the
Leuven Confraternity of the Holy Sacrament in 1464.

The current location of the Last Supper is the St. Peters's Church in

Like other Early Nederlandish painters, Bouts's works are spread
around the world. There are paintings of him in:

- Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lille (France);
- Nationalmuseum in Stockholm (Sweden);
- Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (USA);
- Bargello in Florence (Italy);
- Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (USA);
- Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon (Portugal);
- National Gallery in London (United Kingdom);
- Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam (The Netherlands);
- Museu de Arte Sacra do Funchal, Madeira (Portugal);
- Philadelphia Museum of Art (USA);
- National Gallery of Art, Washington (USA);
- Alte Pinakothek in Munich (Germany).

and many more...

Source pictures: Wikipedia

History - On This Day - 23 June 1903 - Tribhuwan Bir Bikram Shah, King of Nepal

On 23 June 1903, King Tribhuwan, also written Tribhuvan, was born
in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal.

Source picture: Wikipedia


Tribhuvan was the son of Prithvi Bir Bikram Shah and
Queen Divyeshwari Laxmi Devi Shah.


After the death of his father, Tribhuvan ascended the throne
on 11 December 1911 at the age of 8. His mother was
appointed as regent until King Tribhuvan would come to his

Tribhuvan and his sons - Source picture: Wikipedia

Love and marriage

In March 1919, King Tribhuvan married Queen Kanti of Nepal
as his first wife. In a double ceremony he took Queen Kanti's
sister, Queen Ishwari as his second wife. He also had junior

King Tribhuvan had 3 sons and 13 daughters.

Source picture: Wikipedia


In that time, the position of monarch was mainly titular. The real power in
the country was executed by the conservative Rana family, which supplied
the country with its hereditary Prime Minister.

During World War I, tensions between the royal family and the Ranas came
to a head. The Ranas wanted to join the war in support of Britain, which
controlled India to the south.

King Tribhuvan worked closely with Praja Parishad (a political party)
to abolish the Rana regime.

In November 1950, King Tribhuvan took refuge at the Indian Embassy.
On 7 November 1950, the Prime Minister announced that the four-year-old
grandson would become the new King of Nepal. He was crowned the
same day.

The removal of the King led to huge demonstrations in the country.
On 22 November 1950, the Prime Minister of India officially
announced that India was not going to recognize the new King as
legal King of Nepal.

Finally an agreement was reached according to which King Tribhuvan
had to form a new government.

On 18 February 1951, King Tribhuvan was declared monarch of
Nepal again.

Three days after his return, King Tribhuvan formally declared an
end to the rule of the Rana family. He established a democratic system.

Source picture: Wikipedia


King Tribhuvan died on 13 March 1955 in Zürich, Switzerland under
strange circumstances. He was 52. He was succeeded by his eldest
son Mahendra.


Following places in Nepal are named after him:

- International airport in Kathmandu: Tribhuvan International Airport;
- Tribhuvan Highway, the oldest highway in Nepal;
- Tribhuvannagar a city
- Tribhuvan University.

Also the Tribhuvan Challenge Shield a football association was
named after him.