The Flemish Art Collection has launched a new website dedicated entirely to the life and work of Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The website coincides with the 450th anniversary of the artist’s death on 9 September, and offers a complete overview of Bruegel’s oeuvre, with images, often able to be consulted at high resolution. In addition to an on-line collection portal, the website also contains a biography of Bruegel, thematic texts about his oeuvre, current press releases, reference literature and background information about the institutions that house his works.
The Bruegel website can be accessed on bruegel.vlaamsekunstcollectie.be/en
The Flemish Art Collection (VKC), who took on the task of realizing the website, is the umbrella organization of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent, the Groeningemuseum in Bruges, Mu.ZEE in Ostend and M Leuven. For this website, the Flemish Art Collection, moreover, could count upon the collaboration of numerous international museums and institutions that house the works of Bruegel and who provided images of them.
Since 2010, the VKC has launched five ‘on-line museums’, each time around a specific, art-historical theme. The websites of the Flemish Primitives, Baroque in the Southern Netherlands, James Ensor, George Minne and Abstract Modernism have all enjoyed great success. The in-depth information in combination with the accessible texts further speaks to experts as well as to a broader public of interested persons.