Pieter Breugel the Elder. The Hunters in the Snow, 1565. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

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Pieter Bruegel the Elder: peasants, proverbs and landscapes

  • Monday 6 February 2023
    (5-6pm --- NB: Booking closes 48 hours before the event.)
  • Lecturer: Dr Paula Nuttall

In his short life, Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1525-1569) – founder of a dynasty of painters – produced some of the greatest and most intriguing masterpieces of Netherlandish painting. From his beginnings in Antwerp, producing designs in the style of Bosch, to mature works such as the Peasant Dance, the Blind Leading the Blind and the Seasons, Bruegel offered a sophisticated home-grown alternative to the fashionable art of Renaissance Italy.


Dr Paula Nuttall wrote her doctoral thesis on the reception of Netherlandish painting in fifteenth-century Florence. She is a specialist in artistic relations between Italy and Northern Europe. Her acclaimed book is From Flanders to Florence: The Impact of Netherlandish Painting, 1400-1500 (Yale University Press, 2004). Paula is Director of the V&A Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Year Course. She lectures for a range of other UK institutions and societies.

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