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Peasant Wedding Dance

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Description Scenes of peasant celebrations that Pieter Bruegel the Elder made popular in the 1560s were still so in the 1600s, and his son Pieter II devoted himself to filling that demand. This lively scene by the son is derived from a famous painting of 1566 by the father (now in Detroit). In 1607, when this painting was dated, the original was in Emperor Rudolf's collection in Prague, so the son relied on an engraving. There are many versions of this compositon by the artist, but this is one of the finest. Peasant life was hard, and weddings offered rare opportunities for diversion. The bride sits under a crude crown honoring her as "queen for a day" while neighbors offer gifts of coins. The angular, suggestive movements of the dancers whirling to bagpipe music convey a raucous mood that probably amused urban patrons.
Date Description Narrative
6/25/1951Treatmentcleaned; coated; loss compensation; surface cleaned; x-ray
11/01/1976Treatmentinpainted; loss compensation; x-ray
6/30/1981Examinationexamined for condition
7/01/1981Treatmentinpainted; surface cleaned
5/22/1990Examinationexamined for condition
7/01/1990Treatmentcoated; inpainted; loss compensation; surface cleaned; varnish removed or reduced
7/19/1990Examinationchemical analysis; examined for condition; examined for technical study
8/25/1996Examinationexamined for loan
  • Salute to Belgium. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1980.
  • Pieter Breughel der Jünger-Jan Brueghel der Ältere: Flämische Malerie um 1600, Tradition und Forschritt. Kulturstiftung Ruhr, Essen; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. 1997-1998.
  • A Magnificent Age: Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte. 2002-2004.
  • Déjà Vu? The Repeating Image in Renaissance and Baroque Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2007-2008.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Inscription] P. BRUEGHEL 1607
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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1607 (Baroque)
oil on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 15 x W: 22 1/2 in. (38.1 x 57.2 cm)

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