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
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