The Peasant Wedding

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The Peasant Wedding
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Artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder
Year 1567
Type Oil on panel
Dimensions 124 cm × 164 cm (49 in × 65 in)
Location Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

The Peasant Wedding is a 1567 painting by the Flemish Renaissance painter and printmaker Pieter Bruegel the Elder, one of his many depicting peasant life. It is currently housed in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.


The bride is under the canopy. According to contemporary custom, the groom is not seated at the table but may be the man pouring out beer.[1] Two pipers play the pijpzak, and an unbreeched boy in the foreground licks a plate.

The feast is in a barn in the spring time; two ears of corn with a rake remind us of the work that harvesting involves, and the hard life peasants have. The plates are carried on a door off its hinges. The main food was bread, porridge and soup.

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External video
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Pieter Bruegel the Elder's Peasant Wedding, c. 1566-69, Smarthistory

The painting was parodied in Asterix in Belgium.[2][3] Another parody was the postcard for the Belgian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1979.


  1. ^ Grove Art Online
  2. ^ Bell, Anthea (1996). "Translating Astérix". Translation: Here and There, Now and Then. Intellect Books. p. 129. 
  3. ^ Screech, Matthew (2005). Masters of the ninth art: bandes dessinées and Franco-Belgian identity. Liverpool University Press. p. 85. 

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