collection
Oil painting: 69,9 cm x 105,2 cm
S-46

Pieter II Brueghel, the eldest son of Pieter Brueghel the Elder, made a great contribution to the dissemination of his fathers work. He ran a studio and specialised in copying and imitating several specimens of his fathers work. For example, Peasant Wedding Feast is an almost exact, though smaller, copy of the same work by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, which is in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The painting we see here comes from the abbots residence at St Peters Abbey in Ghent. The wedding feast is set in a barn. We recognise the bride from the paper crown above her head attached to a white cloth behind her. In the top right-hand corner two sheaves of grain stalks known as zantekorn (sand corn) hang diagonally over a rake. These were the stalks that were gathered after the crops had been harvested and were a protected right of the poor. This may suggest that the family depicted here were less prosperous. The couple making love while half hidden in the hayloft on the left were added by Pieter II Brueghel.