Madonna ontmoet Dulle Griet
Pieter Bruegel the Elder is the focus of an international celebration in 2019. Antwerp is where Bruegel learned his trade and where he worked for over ten years. He remained a presence in the city even after his death, thanks to his sons, Pieter the Younger and Jan. And when Bruegel’s name had faded from memory, it was the Antwerp collector Fritz Mayer van den Bergh who rekindled interest in his work. Fritz rediscovered the painting Dulle Griet (‘Mad Meg’) and it was thanks to his enthusiasm that Bruegel has now been studied and coveted for over 100 years.
Focusing on the acquisitions of collectors Florent van Ertborn (1784–1840) and Fritz Mayer van den Bergh (1858–1901), the exhibition combines Bruegel’s recently restored Mad Meg with one of the highlights of the currently closed Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp: Jean Fouqet’s Madonna.
[Image caption: Jean Fouquet (ca. 1415-1480), Virgin and Child Surrounded by Angels (detail), ca. 1455. Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp]
[Text from codart.nl]