The Peasant Wedding

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The Peasant Wedding
Pieter Bruegel the Elder - Peasant Wedding - Google Art Project 2.jpg
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.

Scene[edit]

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.

In popular culture[edit]

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.

Notes[edit]

  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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