The paintings of Peter Paul Rubens that I love the most are massive and “operatic,” depicting tremendous events from history and mythology. My favourite paintings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder capture the small details of everyday life.
About 45 paintings have been authenticated as Bruegel’s work. Kunsthistorisches Museum possesses a third of them, giving it the largest Bruegel collection in the world. I spent close to an hour in the Bruegel gallery, finding something new in each picture every time I looked at it.
Here are some of the paintings in the museum’s collection:
My long-time favourite. This is the first Bruegel painting that hooked me. I used it as my computer wallpaper for months.