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Bruegel Defining a Dynasty Exhibition
Feb 11 – Jun 4 all-day
Bruegel Defining a Dynasty Exhibition @ The Holburne Museum | Bath | England | United Kingdom

The Holburne Museum is proud to announce 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 across four generations through 29 works, including masterpieces from the National Gallery, Royal Collection Trust, the National Trust, the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Ashmolean Museum and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.

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. Together with Robbing the Bird’s Nest and the Visit to a Farmhouse, also featured in the exhibition, this new discovery makes the Holburne Museum the primary collection of Pieter Brueghel the Younger’s work in the UK.

A book to accompany the exhibition Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty is written by Amy Orrock and published by Philip Wilson and is on sale in the Holburne’s Gift Shop for £16.95.

Principal Exhibition Sponsor Bath Spa University

Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty 11 February – 4 June 2017 £10 Full Price | £9 concessions | £5 Art Fund, Full Time Student | FREE Entry to under 16s and All Museum Members

All tickets purchased online will state 5pm but are valid at any time during our opening hours

The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4DB Open daily, free admission 10am to 5pm (11am to 5pm Sundays and Bank Holidays) T: 01225 388569 | E: |

Anne Desmet RA
Mar 11 – Jun 4 all-day
Anne Desmet RA @ The Holburne Museum

Wirth Gallery

Distinguished wood engraver Anne Desmet presents a series of journeys through time. These recent prints and mixed media collages will take you to New York, London and an imaginary beyond, exploring the tones and textures of changing seasons, times of day and layers of history. The exhibition will include the first showing of a new series of six engravings, Manhattan, based on the Chrysler Building in New York City.
Liverpool-born Anne Desmet studied at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, and was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Printmaking by the Central School of Art and Design, London. She teaches wood engraving widely, particularly at the Royal Academy Schools. In 2011, Desmet was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Arts, only the third wood engraver ever elected to the RA in its entire history.
This is Anne Desmet’s second solo exhibition at the Holburne, following Towers & Transformations in 1999. The artist’s intricately detailed engravings and minute, spellbinding collaged fragments recall the finest of Sir William Holburne’s tiny treasures and Grand Tour souvenirs.

Join Anne Desmet at In Conversation on 30 March 7-8pm as she discusses her work with Amina Wright (Senior Curator, Holburne Museum).

Plant Sale
May 7 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Plant Sale @ The Holburne Museum

Join us for the annual Plant Sale in aid of the Holburne Museum.

Plants for sale from expert nurseries:
Chase Plants
In Cover
Foxley Road Nurseries
The Mead Nursery
Special Plants
Wild Thyme

Also displaying work from:
CharlieCaffyn Furniture
Willow Pottery
Ironart Bath

Vegetable plants and free advice
Books: A fantastic selection of good secondhand gardening and cookery books

Tea, coffee and home made cakes
Friends stall: an opportunity to join the Holburne Friends and enjoy a vital role in helping to support this wonderful Museum.

A Flemish Foray
May 9 @ 1:10 pm – 1:50 pm
A Flemish Foray  @ The Holburne Museum

The Netherlands in the time of the Brueghels was pivotal for Renaissance music, with composers of the Franco-Flemish school emerging as key players across Europe. Antwerp’s printers were active in publishing some of their work to a popular audience, while politics and religion also brought interesting musical inputs. Join Jane and Din in exploring this lively scene from the perspective of a typical performing ensemble: just a voice and a lute. Lutenist and luthier Din Ghani formed Musicke in the Ayre in 2012 to explore the huge repertoire for voice and lute from the 16th and 17th centuries, working with a growing band of singers from across the country to actively champion this repertoire. Jane Hunt is well-known locally as a soloist and member of the Paragon Singers and Operaletta, and has given over a dozen recitals with Din as a key member of his Bath-based team.

Who was Bruegel
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Who was Bruegel  @ The Holburne Museum

Who was Bruegel? Discovering the Master through his Sons

‘Peasant Bruegel’ – highbrow humanist, painter of nature or practical joker? In this lecture Amy Orrock will explore the many identities of the elusive father of the Bruegel dynasty, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, through the legacy of his sons and followers. Focusing on key paintings from the exhibition Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty, the lecture will consider what the works reveal about Bruegel and his admirers throughout the ages.

Dr Amy Orrock is an art historian, co-curator of the exhibition and author of the book Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty. She received her PhD from the University of Edinburgh with a dissertation on Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Children’s Games, and has published and lectured widely on Flemish art of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.