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The Peasant Wedding by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

    The Peasant Wedding by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

    The Peasant Wedding by Pieter Bruegel the Elder was created in 1568. The painting is in Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien. The size of the work is 113 x 164 cm and is made as an oil on oak wood.

    The apparent “snapshot” of this picture is in fact carefully composed. Dispensing with allegorical meaning the painting is a realistic record of a Flemish peasants’ wedding. The bride sits in front of a green tapestry, a paper crown hangs over her. The bridegroom was not present at the wedding feast in accordance with Flemish custom. A lawyer with a mortar–board, a Franciscan monk and the lord of the manor with his dog (to the far right) are all visible; the porridge dishes carried in on an unhinged door are utterly simple, and the posture and gait of the carriers are similarly striking… (Read more in Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien)

    About the Artist: Dutch painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder was born in Breda. Bruegel was the most significant artist of Dutch and Flemish Renaissance painting, a painter and printmaker, known for his landscapes and peasant scenes; he was a pioneer in making both types of subject the focus in large paintings. Between 1545 and 1550 he was a pupil of Pieter Coecke. In 1551 Bruegel became a free master in the Guild of Saint Luke of Antwerp… Read more

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