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Bruegel: The Master
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Manfred Sellink Ron Spronk
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Bruegel: The Master

Manfred Sellink Ron Spronk


Thames & Hudson

Art & Architecture;
Individual artists, art monographs


304 pages

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On the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the death of Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c.1525/30-1569) the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna is mounting the first-ever large monograph exhibition of the leading Netherlandish painter of the 16th century. Only around forty paintings by Bruegel have survived, which is why museums and private collectors are right to count Bruegel's paintings among their most precious and fragile holdings.

Bruegel's popularity continues to be informed by his often socio-critical but always varied, entertaining and powerful compositions. They invite the spectator both to begin an artistic discourse with the work and to reflect on the complexity of its content. This spectacular catalogue invites readers to immerse themselves in the world of the Netherlandish master. The results of recent research on materials and techniques allow us to focus on Bruegel's creative process: his perfect handling and execution, his virtuoso use of colour and his draughtsmanship - these are some of the many mysteries of this great artist. Bruegel's inventions and stories create artworks with a timeless power.

By:   Manfred Sellink, Ron Spronk
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 280mm,  Width: 240mm, 
Weight:   1.930kg
ISBN:   9780500239841
ISBN 10:   0500239843
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Foreword by Sabine Haag * Bruegel's Life in Antwerp and Brussels, and His Afterlife and Critical Fortunes by Sabine Penot and Manfred Sellink * The History of the KHM's Rich Holdings of Paintings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder by Alice Hoppe-Harnoncourt * The Creative Process by Elke Oberthaler and Ron Spronk * Catalogue: Paintings, Drawing and Prints

Manfred Sellink is the director of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, and is the author of Bruegel: The Complete Paintings, Drawings and Prints. Ron Spronk is a professor (by special appointment) specializing in Hieronymus Bosch and Early Dutch painting at Radboud University. Sabine Penot is Curator of Netherlandish and Dutch Paintings, Kunsthistorisches Museum (KHM) at Vienna, Austria. Elke Oberthaler is Head of Painting Conservation at Kunsthistorisches Museum (KHM) at Vienna, Austria.

'Lavishly illustrated ... informative and readable. Contributors wear their knowledge lightly, even as they update you on the latest research' - The Times, Art Books of the Year 'Richly illustrated' - World of Interiors 'The formidable catalogue is a more approachable - certainly more convenient - way of appreciating the myriad detail of Bruegel's paintings' - The Jackdaw 'For those who can't get to Vienna to view this wondrous gathering of paintings, drawings and engravings by art's great original' - Standpoint 'As interesting to the layman as to the expert. Layer after layer, works are analysed, explored and decoded' - The Times

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