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Friends Event: Bruegel in Black & White: Three Grisailles Reunited

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Friends Event: Bruegel in Black & White: Three Grisailles Reunited

  • Wednesday 9 March 2016
    PLEASE NOTE: This Date Has Passed
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Meet at 10:45 am

    The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN

Despite his status as the most important Netherlandish painter of the sixteenth century, Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c.1525-1569) remains an elusive artist: fewer than forty paintings are attributed to him. This focused exhibition brings together for the first time Bruegel’s only three surviving grisaille paintings: The Courtauld’s Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery, The Death of the Virgin from Upton House (National Trust) and Three Soldiers from the Frick Collection in New York. Painted in shades of grey, these exquisite masterpieces were treasured by Bruegel and his friends. Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery was one of the very few paintings the artist kept for himself, and The Death of the Virgin was owned by his close friend, the great map-maker Abraham Ortelius. Dr Karen Serres, Schroder Foundation curator of Paintings, and co-curator of this exhibition, will give us a guided tour.

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