The Holburne Museum is opening the UK’s first exhibition devoted to the Bruegel dynasty, including recent attributions for two paintings from the Museum’s own collection.
Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty will unravel the complex Bruegel family tree, revealing the originality and diversity of Antwerp’s famous artistic dynasty.
Bringing together 35 works produced by four different generations of the family, this exhibition investigates the development of Breugelian iconography over 150 years. Paintings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, his sons Pieter Bruegel the Younger and Jan Bruegel the Elder all feature, as well as those by their direct descendants and artists who married into the family.
A key work in the exhibition will be Wedding Dance in the Open Air, an oil painting from the Holburne’s own collection which, following conservation work and technical examination, can be attributed firmly to the hand of Pieter Brueghel the Younger. Previously thought to be the work of a copyist or follower of Brueghel, it now takes its place as the only version of this popular scene in a UK public museum.
Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty
The Holburne Museum
11 February – 4 June 2017