From the Chiostro del Bramante website, 16 January 2013
In December 2012 The Chiostro del Bramante will play host to a comprehensive collection of masterpieces by the Brueghel family. The exhibition will include paintings, drawings and prints by the principle exponents of the most important family of Flemish artists of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, tracing the Brueghels’ artistic development from one generation to another.
Pieter Brueghel the Elder was a painter and printmaker known for his landscapes and peasant scenes (so called ‘genre’ painting). He is sometimes referred to as the ‘Peasant Bruegel’ to distinguish him from other Brueghels, although, being the most famous member of the family, a reference simply to the surname Breughel would usually be understood to mean this artist. From 1559 he dropped the ‘h’ from his name and signed his paintings Bruegel.
Brueghel: the Fascinating World of Flemish Art celebrates the Brueghel dynasty, a family of Flemish painters who made an indelible mark on the history of European art in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. More than 100 selected paintings and drawings provide a wonderful opportunity to admire unique masterpieces: the beautiful snowy Northern European landscapes, rural scenes, village fetes and still lifes, all of which strike us for their meticulous attention to detail. The works are reflections on human existence, bringing together the sacred and the profane, faith and superstition, the cult of beauty and the seductive qualities of the grotesque.