Our familiarity with Bruegel's paintings stems from the faxt that they have been mass reproduced. But in the 16th century, there was no quick way to copy and paste an image. Printmaking was the only method of reproducing work. Bruegel (and his publisher Hieronumus Cock) understood the importance of this technique very early on and used the printing press to distribute his original designs on a mass scale, even to places far beyond the Southern Netherlands. However, Bruegel's graphic work is just the tip of the iceberg. This exhibition shows that printmaking was a commonly used technique in the Southern Netherlands during this period. It was not only used to reproduce art, but also to enable many forms of visual communication, such as newsletters and political propaganda. This intriguing exhibition illustrates how masterful craftsmanship and a daring entrepreneurial spirit were the keys to succes in the 16th century, just as they are today.
Prints in the Age of Bruegel - Bozar


1000 Brussels


From Wednesday, February 27, 2019
To Sunday, June 23, 2019


+32 (0)2 507 82 00

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