Famous Painting by Renaissance Painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Peasant Wedding 1568
Peasant Wedding 1568

The peasant wedding reflects the ordinary and comfortable life, which is full of sincere emotion. In order to make Pieter Bruegel painting match with simple atmosphere of the countryside, the artist intends to paint the clothes of all the characters in same color and decrease chiaroscuro, even to omit the shadow. Meanwhile it shows the painter's excellent techniques on composition and color layout. He clearly depicts people having meals by using the most modern diagonal composition methods available at the time.


The banquet is in a barn in spring. The only one green canopy on the wall which highlights the location of the bride and the master of the house and it also makes the theme clear. Though the banquet seems to be quite ordinary, we can feel its grand and holy atmosphere. As we can see from the northern renaissance painting, the bride is sitting just under the canopy alone without his husband around her. And where is the groom? Perhaps he is the man who is pouring out beer. Why he is not seated at the table? We can get the answer from the history, the gloom is not allowed to sit at the dining table when the wedding s going on according to the custom contemporary. And what are others doing? There are two pipers playing music and a boy eating with satisfaction in the foreground.



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