Thursday 15 June 2017 at 7:30pm

AGM followed by
Peasant Pastimes? The Art of Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Lecturer: Sophie Oosterwijk
Location: DESY rooms 4a/4b

Lecture Summary

The Peasant Wedding 1566-1569

Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1526/15301569)

Pieter Brueghel the Elder (d. 1569) is probably best known for his colourful depictions of peasants making merry or toiling in the fields. He also painted religious scenes in the Netherlandish countryside. Although these works lent him the epithet, ‘Peasant Brueghel’, his work was more than just charmingly naïve. He was very much a townsman with a good eye for landscape, who painted for discerning collectors. He also lived in a time of religious and political turmoil that is evident in some of his ‘darker’ works. This lecture will show that there is more to Brueghel than peasant paintings. 

Biography of Lecturer

Sophie was born in Gouda (Netherlands). She has an MA and PhD in English Literature (Leiden), an MA in Medieval Studies (York) and a PhD in Art History (Leicester). She has taught at the universities of St Andrews, Leicester, Nottingham and Manchester, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, National Trust, V&A, U3A, WEA and other organisations, and organised many study days, tours and visits. She is also a regular lecturer for Cambridge University and Martin Randall Travel, and Honorary Research Fellow with the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews.

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