Kunsthistorisches Museum III — Bruegel

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:

x  Pieter_Bruegel_the_Elder_-_Children’s_Games_-_Google_Art_Project

Children’s Games

My long-time favourite.  This is the first Bruegel painting that hooked me.   I used it as my computer wallpaper for months.

x1280px-Pieter_Bruegel the_Elder_-_Hunters _in_the_Snow_(Winter) _Google_Art_Project

Hunters in the Snow

x  Carnaval  Carême_Pieter_Brueghel_l'Ancien

The Fight Between Carnival and Lent

x Pieter_Bruegel_the_Elder_-_The_Tower_of_Babel_(Vienna)_-_Google_Art_Project

The Tower of Babel

xxxx 1280px-Pieter_Bruegel_the_Elder_-_Peasant_Wedding_-_Google_Art_Project

Peasant Wedding

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