More than meets the eye: A close-up look at paintings from the Bruegel dynasty
Dr Dominique Allart and Dr Christina Currie
How exactly Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s compositions were copied and reproduced in vast numbers by his sons Pieter and Jan will be explored in a richly illustrated talk by Dominique Allart and Christina Currie, drawing on examples in the present Holburne Museum exhibition.
Dominique Allart is a Professor of Art History at the University of Liège (Belgium). Her research is focused on Northern European art in the early modern period. She devotes special attention to the technical aspects of painting of the 16th century, especially by Pieter Bruegel the Elder and his sons. She co-authored with Christina Currie, The Brueg(H)el Phenomenon. Paintings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder and Pieter Brueghel the Younger, with a Special Focus on Technique and Copying Practice, 2012.
Christina Currie is head of scientific imagery at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage in Brussels. She is a specialist in the technological study of Old Master paintings, and in particular the work of Pieter Bruegel the Elder and Pieter Brueghel the Younger.
Pieter Bruegel’s radical Adoration and its aftermath
Dr. Susan Foister
This talk will explore the creation of Pieter Bruegel’s Adoration of the Kings (National Gallery, London). It will consider Bruegel’s originality in approaching the subject and composition, as well as the ways in which the picture demonstrates his technical brilliance as a painter. The development of this subject by Bruegel’s son Jan, as revealed in the National Gallery’s small painting of the Adoration will also be discussed.
Susan Foister is Deputy Director, Director of Public Engagement and Curator of Early Netherlandish, German and British Paintings at the National Gallery. She has curated numerous exhibitions including Jan Gossaert’s Renaissance, Renaissance Faces, Van Eyck to Titian and Recognizing Jan van Eyck.
Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Massacre of the Innocents
Lorne Campbell and Nicola Christie
A discussion of the history, iconography and style of Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Massacre of the Innocents from the Royal Collection and exploring its fascinating conservation history.
Lorne Campbell is the author of The Early Flemish Pictures in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen and of the catalogues of the Netherlandish Paintings of the 15th and 16th centuries in the National Gallery, London. Nicola Christie has been Head of Paintings Conservation at Royal Collection Trust since 2009. Both speakers are currently collaborating on a revised edition of The Early Flemish Pictures.
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