Did you know that Bruegel was more prolific as a printmaker than as a painter? During his lifetime he designed some sixty prints which spread his fame across the globe. These multiples in black and white where very popular but have become very rare and fragile after more than four centuries. The Royal Library has a complete and unparalleled collection of Bruegel’s prints in black & white. These unique drawings will be exclusively taken out of storage during a special exhibition. This exhibition gives you an insight in the life and work of Bruegel. Be inspired by his great drawings and make your own artwork, or discover how Bruegel’s images were printed on a 16th century press. Thanks to advanced imaging techniques this exhibition will show how Bruegel created these fascinating images. You can experience the creative process from the first sketch on paper up to the finished prints. A New Royal location: a stately edifice with a marble rotunda and magnificent frescoes, the Palace of Charles de Lorraine is one of Brussels’ few 18th century treasures. It is an integral part of the Royal Library and is well worth a visit in its own right.
Bruegel in Black and White (Royal Library of Belgium)


Keizerslaan 4
1000 Brussels


From Tuesday, October 15, 2019
To Saturday, February 15, 2020


+32 2 519 53 82

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