Bruegel is widely-considered one of the greatest painters in art history, but did you know that he was actually more famous for his prints during his lifetime? The Royal Library of Belgium (Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België, KBR) has done pioneering work in the rediscovery of Bruegel’s lesser-known masterpieces. The KBR’s entire collection of prints by Bruegel will be exhibited in 2019, during the Bruegel year. In the 16th century, Flanders was known as the epicentre of the production of, and trade in, prints. Pieter Bruegel the Elder and his publisher Hieronymus Cock played a prominent role in this evolution. The exhibition ‘The World of Bruegel in Black and White’ revolves around their superb craftsmanship and entrepreneurial spirit. The emphasis is on the originality of Bruegel’s graphic output, which is a full-fledged sub-oeuvre, alongside his paintings. Admire Bruegel’s original preliminary sketches, his Italian landscapes, The Seven Deadly Sins, The Virtues and other stunning prints. Immerse yourself in Bruegel’s imaginary world and marvel at the striking figures and details in his prints. This extraordinary exhibition is organised in the period rooms of the palace of Charles of Lorraine, a unique 18th century edifice in the centre of Brussels.
Bruegel in Black and White (Royal Library of Belgium)


Keizerslaan 4
1000 Brussels


From Tuesday, October 15, 2019
To Sunday, February 16, 2020


+32 2 519 53 82

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