By the 450th anniversary of the death of Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c.1525/30-1569) the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna is mounting the first-ever large monograph exhibition of the leading Netherlandish painter of the 16th century. His inventions and stories have create artworks with a timeless power.
Only around forty paintings by Bruegel have survived, which makes that they belong to the most precious paintings in Museums of Art History. Bruegel's popularity happens to be informed by his often socio-critical but always varied, entertaining and powerful compositions. They invite any spectator both to begin an artistic discourse with the work and to reflect on the complexity of its content. This catalogue invites readers to immerse themselves in the world of the Netherlandish master. The results of recent research on materials and techniques allow us to focus more on Bruegel's creative process. It becomes clear that his execution and handling of paint is perfect. He is also a virtuoso in the use of colour, but there are also many mysteries about this great artist.
Over de auteurs:
Manfred Sellink (1962) is currently General Director of the Bruges Museums (with such museums as the Groeninge Museum, the Gruuthuuse Museum and the Sint-Janshospitaal). The dutchman was elected after an extensive recruitment procedure. Sellink holds a PhD in Art History. Ron Spronk is a professor of Art History at the Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. He has a special interest in painting materials and techniques. He studies the genesis of easel paintings (from Van Eyck to Mondrian) with techniques such as infrared reflectography and X-radiography. Findings from technical examinations often hold critically important art historical information.
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