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Wedding Dance in the Open Air

  • oil paint, panel
  • 40.2 x 55.6 cm
  • Inv. 1914-CJ

Public Domain

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Wedding Dance in the open air by Pieter II Brueghel is probably a copy of a lost work by his father Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The composition may also be a compilation of elements from various wedding dance scenes that his father painted. There are several versions extant of this Wedding Dance. In the foreground we see some dancing couples who are depicted almost literally in every version. In some versions, the bride also joins in the dancing. Here she is centrally depicted, sitting in the background, in front of a cloth to which a crown has been attached. Some of the guests look at the dish on the table before her with curiosity to see how much money she has received in gifts.


Pieter II Brueghel RKD
Brussels 1564 - Antwerp 1638
painters (artists)AAT

Title Wedding Dance in the Open Air
Period 16th century
17th century
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings hallmarks
panel manufacturer's mark
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1914-CJ
Acquisition credit bequest
Scribe, Fernand
Current whereabouts Work on loan
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300189808 figures (representations) AAT
25H landscapes Iconclass
Keywords Iconclass 25G1 plants (in general) Iconclass
25G3 trees Iconclass
25H1 landscapes in the temperate zone Iconclass
25I141 street Iconclass
25I2 village Iconclass
25I22 prospect of village, silhouette of village Iconclass
25I241 village street Iconclass
41A housing Iconclass
41A1 civic architecture; edifices; dwellings Iconclass
41A711 table Iconclass
41A773 container of ceramics: jar, jug, pot, vase Iconclass
41C12 drinking Iconclass
41C341 dish, plate, saucer Iconclass
41D221(HAT) head-gear: hat Iconclass
41D221(HEADSCARF) head-gear (HEADSCARF) Iconclass
41D2656 belt, girdle, waistband Iconclass
41D267 purse, money-bag Iconclass
42D betrothal and marriage Iconclass
42D212 bride (in wedding-dress) Iconclass
42D25 wedding feast, wedding meal Iconclass
43A festivities Iconclass
43A4 public festivities Iconclass
43C9 dancing Iconclass
45C13(EPEE) hacking and thrusting weapons (EPEE) Iconclass
46A14 farmers Iconclass
46AA14 farmers - AA - female farmer, farmer's wife Iconclass
48A712 the audience ~ art performance Iconclass
48C7354 bagpipe, musette Iconclass
48C75 making music; musician with instrument Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
Museum van Schoone Kunsten : Catalogus ; Oude Meesters, Schilderstukken, teekeningen, plaatsneden (met geschiedkundig overzicht) / Maurice Dupuis, Georges Charles Nicolas Marie Hulin de Loo, Fritz Van Loo. - Gent : Drukkerij F. De Vos, 1938 ; Gent : Stad Gent, 1938 (p. 31)
Pierre Brueghel le Jeune : Edition posthume mise au point et annotée par Jacqueline Folie / Georges Marlier, Jacqueline Folie. - Bruxelles : Robert Finck, 1969 (p. 191, nr. 17)
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Catalogus schilderkunst ; Deel I: 14de - 18de eeuw ; Deel II: 19de - 20ste eeuw / Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Bruno Fornari, Ruth Monteyne. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2007 (dl. I, p. 61 (ill.))
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : De collectie (tentoonstelling vanaf 21 maart 2021) / Johan De Smet, Bart Ooghe, Frederica Van Dam, Lieven Van Den Abeele, Cathérine Verleysen. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2021
De vrienden rond het museum : Het Gentse kunstnetwerk in relatie tot de collectieuitbreiding van het Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent (1870-1914) / Julie Landuyt. - [s.l.] : [s.n.], [s.a.] (p. 190 (ill. 56))
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