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Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Prints and Drawings Hardcover – September 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Series: Metropolitan Museum of Art Series
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300090145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300090147
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 9.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,411,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Accompanying an exhibit at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Drawings and Prints, edited by Nadine M. Orenstein, features the lesser known works of this famous 16th-century Flemish artist. In the introduction and essays, seven scholars, including museum director Philippe de Montebello, Manfred Sellink, Michiel C. Plomp and the editor, explore diverse biographical and artistic craft issues e.g., all that is known for certain of Bruegel's life is that, though he painted peasants, and early biographers dubbed him the "`Peasant Bruegel,'" he was in fact an urban intellectual. The exhibit treats these drawings in a new light thanks to the "transformative insight" of the late Hans Mielke i.e., new attributions to Bruegel or his circle, such as a sketch formerly attributed to Hieronymous Bosch. The book features 274 illustrations (108 in color): Bruegel's 54 works alongside works by his colleagues, predecessors and successors.

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From Library Journal

Known to his contemporaries as the "second Hieronymous Bosch," Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525/30-69) was a consummate draftsman. While his allegorical paintings of peasants are more familiar today, his print designs were widely copied for several generations. As to his drawings, only 61 remain of what was likely a large body of work, including many landscapes; it is believed that his wife was asked to burn many of them as socially inflammatory. For this catalog, which accompanies a traveling exhibition that just closed at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the associate curator of the museum's department of drawings has assembled an international group of experts to share what little is known about this artist as well as current research into his complete oeuvre. Oddly, this is the first exhibition of its kind, with 104 drawings and prints by Bruegel and his followers. Given the unique coverage of Bruegel and other period artists as well as the printmaking history, this book is essential for art collections, but it is too specialized for smaller libraries on a tight budget. Susan Lense, Upper Arlington P.L., OH

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D K on December 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
... A special feature of this book is that many of the drawings and engravings are on facing pages, or else on the same page so that they may be compared. As the engravings were done by others, the chance to make comparisons is delightful. The drawings have a warm light brownish tint from both the ink and paper and the engravings are black and white. There are days and hours of visual interest here.
... The text is informative; both scholarly and readable. The main catalogue has a huge 16 page bibliography (3 columns per page) and an index. The first 84 pages contain 5 chapters, by different authors on aspects of his work. Detailed information on provenances, literature and sizes are also provided. there are 274 illustrations.
... Also quality paper has been used in the book; highly recommended for the 'Pieter Bruegel the elder' lover.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James on December 14, 2009
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This is a "must have" book for lovers of prints. Everything about this volume is magnificent- the scholarly text, the choice of reproductions, the printing and layout. The reproductions are large enough that the reader can see the cross contour lines and crosshatching. This book does justice to one of the greatest artists in the history of art. It does NOT cover Bruegel's paintings of daily peasant life but rather his prolific output of outstanding landscape and fantasy drawings which were engraved and etched by others under his direction and oversight. Bruegel's visual stories are diverse and his imagination runs riot!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Proof of art is in strong impact on later generations and timeless appeal: both describe this first major exhibition of PIETER BRUEGEL THE ELDER: PRINTS AND DRAWINGS. His art had been the source of many copies, of which the most often copied was "Winter landscape with skaters," and late 16th- and early 17th-century imitative works, such as dotted atmosphere and forms around grainy ground and trees by Master of the Mountain Landscapes and Jacob Savery, thick forest wildernesses by Gillis van Coninxloo, and winter skating by Hans Bol. We mainly know him through his art and that of sons Jan and Pieter the Younger: most of his 40+ surviving paintings are from his last seven years, such as "Fall of the rebel angels," "Sermon of St John the Baptist," and "Wedding dance"; and terror against heretics, Protestants, and subversives by the Duke of Alba in Brussels wore away his final two years, finding expression in "Blind leading the blind" and "Magpie on the gallows" bitterness and sorrow and in many, ominous "Summer" knives. We think of him immortalizing peasants with "Kermis at Hoboken" and "Kermis of St George," proverbs with "Big fish eat little fish," and winter scenes with "Ice skating before the gate of St George" and "Winter landscape with bird trap": he has been admired for applying an Apelles-type imagination to Hieronymus Bosch-type allegories, with the reptile lying down in "Luxuria" and upside-down frog in "Superbia," and to Eupompas-type nature.Read more ›
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 2004
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L'artiste est un grand maitre lorsque ses oeuvres sont impactants, d'un gout eternel. En fait, le Paysage d'hiver de Pieter Bruegel pere se trouve entre les oeuvres d'art les plus copies et imites du monde. La plupart des quarantaines de ses peintures survivantes datent de la derniere decade de sa vie. Il est le peintre incomparable de la comedie humaine, dans l'Ane a l'ecole; des paysages flamands au style italien, dans Paysage emboise avec une vue lointaine; des paysans, dans Kermis du St George; et des proverbes, dans Des grands poissons mangent des petits poissons. Il honore les manuscrits enlumines et les miniatures, dans la Tour de Babel. Ses dessins destines aux gravures sont des chefs-d'oeuvres de details, grains, nuances et textures.
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