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16 May 2019PEASANT PASTIMES? THE ART OF PIETER BRUEGEL THE ELDER
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PEASANT PASTIMES? THE ART OF PIETER BRUEGEL THE ELDER Dr Sophie Oosterwijk, lecturer, researcher and writer Thursday 16 May 2019

NOTE: The MAY lecture is FREE for visitors

In 2019 it will be 450 years since the death of Pieter Bruegel the Elder on 9 September 1569. Probably best known for his colourful depictions of peasants making merry or toiling in the fields. He also painted religious scenes in the Netherlandish countryside. He was very much a townsman with a good eye for landscape, who painted for discerning collectors. He also lived in a time of religious and political turmoil that is echoed in some of his ‘darker’ works. This lecture will show that there is much more to Bruegel than just peasant scenes.

Dr Sophie Oosterwijk was born in Gouda in the Netherlands. She has an MA and PhD in English Literature(Leiden), an MA in Medieval Studies (York) and a PhD in Art History (Leicester). She has taught at the Universities of St. Andrews, Leicester, Nottingham and Manchester and other organisations including Sotheby's Institute of Art, the National Trust and the V&A. She is a regular lecturer for Cambridge University and Martin Randall Travel and is Honorary Research Fellow with the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews.