Dancing Peasants at a St. Sebastian's Kermis

A Rediscovered Painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

  • Author Maximiliaan P.J. Martens
  • Binding Hardcover with jacket
  • Size 23 x 28 cm
  • Pages 64
  • Illustrations 15
  • Language English
  • Year 2018
  • ISBN 9788836641987
  • Price € 28,00  € 26,60
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After it first surfaced in public, Dancing Peasants at a St. Sebastian’s Kermis was recognized as a work by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, among others by Max Friedländer, the great connoisseur of Flemish painting. However, after it entered the collection of Baroness Bentinck-Thyssen-Bornemisza, the scholarly interest in the painting diminished. When it reappeared many decades later on the art market in a heavily restored condition, its artistic qualities could no longer be appreciated. Only after a recent judicious conservation treatment, a scientific examination of its materials and a new evaluation of its painting technique and style, the painting can be returned to one of the greatest masters of Western art history, Pieter Bruegel the Elder.


by dr. Paul Huvenne
Emeritus General Director - Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp



Iconography: Peasants’ Kermises in Bruegel’s Oeuvre

Materials and Condition

Painting Technique and Stylistic Analysis

Provenance and Attribution