Breughel : The Seasons and the World
Thu 6th Jun 2024 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Netherlandish Proverbs (The Blue Cloak) by Pieter Brueghel the Elder (1526/1530–1569)
Description of Lecture
In 1565, Pieter Bruegel the Elder was commissioned to create a series of paintings for a dining room in Antwerp. The images, charting the course of a year, changed the way we view the world through art. Landscape had previously been a decorative backdrop to dramas both sacred and profane. But in Bruegel's hands the landscape and our interaction with it became the focus. Looking at paintings such as The Return of the Herd, Hunters in the Snow and The Gloomy Day, this lecture explores how Bruegel pioneered a whole new way of thinking about the environment and our individual places within a shifting cosmos.
Lecturer: Gavin Plumley
Gavin is a cultural historian and after graduating at Oxford he worked in theatre starting at The Royal Opera House. Gavin writes and broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 &4. He is a regular contributor to newspapers, magazines and programmes for concerts and opera worldwide. He has a particular interest in the culture of central Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries. In 2022 he published a book – A Home for all seasons.