Bruegel and Italy/Bruegel e l’Italia
Rome, Academia Belgica
26-28 September 2019
2019 marks the 450th anniversary of the death of Pieter Bruegel in Brussels in 1569. To celebrate this master of the European Renaissance, the Academia Belgica, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and the Università de Genova co-organize an international conference, “Bruegel and Italy/Bruegel e l’Italia.”
Bruegel is best known for his peasant and winter scenes, archetypal images of the Low Countries, but his masterpieces always transcend the local. A defining element in his hybrid landscapes are Alpine rock formations he observed on his way to or return from Italy.
The purpose of this conference is to reassess Bruegel’s encounter with Italy within a broad cultural-historical context and in light of recent scholarship. Communication between Italy and the Low Countries was intense during Bruegel’s time, as were artistic, political, and economic relations.
For participants, see the conference program.
For full description, see the announcement.
[Image caption: Pieter Bruegel the Elder, View of the Ripa Grande, c. 1552. Collection of the Duke of Devonshire, Chatsworth House, UK.]