Bruegel Comes to Bath

Oh, to be in England.

The Holburne Museum in Bath has opened what looks like a glorious exhibition called Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty, which is designed to “unravel the complex Bruegel family tree, revealing the originality and diversity of Antwerp’s famous artistic dynasty across four generations through 29 works, including masterpieces from the National Gallery, Royal Collection Trust, the National Trust, the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Ashmolean Museum and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.”

I’m a fierce admirer of Pieter Brueghel the Elder, and a somewhat less fierce admirer of Pieter Brueghel the Younger, but I’m embarrassingly ignorant of the relationships among the many members of their extended Flemish artistic family. I wish I could see this exhibition, but I’ll probably have to settle for the catalogue.

Here are some pictures from the exhibition:

Pieter Brueghel the Younger, "Visit to a Farmhouse"

Pieter Brueghel the Younger, “Visit to a Farmhouse”

Pieter Brueghel the Younger, "Spring"

Pieter Brueghel the Younger, “Spring”

Jan Brueghel the Elder, "A Stoneware Vase of Flowers"

Jan Brueghel the Elder, “A Stoneware Vase of Flowers”

Jan van Kessel the Elder, "Three Butterflies, a Beetle and other Insects, with a Cutting of Ragwort"

Jan van Kessel the Elder, “Three Butterflies, a Beetle and other Insects, with a Cutting of Ragwort”

(All of the above photographs are from the museum’s website. The image at the top of this posting is Pieter Brueghel the Younger’s “Wedding Dance in the Open Air”.)


In Bruges Bath

The last time I was in England, I spent a delightful day in Bath, exploring the Roman Baths that gave the city its name…
Bath
…meeting some charming, friendly people at the bright and airy Bath Abbey…

Bath d1

…and hoping to run into Jane Austin, although that wouldn’t have done me any good, since we’ve never been formally introduced.

There’s never enough time, is there? A visit to a place like Bath should last at least the length of a summer. I wish I could have stayed longer, and I hope to return some day, but I had promises to keep….

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