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Wedding Dance

Probably after a lost painting of 1567-69

Follower of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Netherlandish (active Antwerp and Brussels), c. 1525 - 1569

Made in Netherlands (historical name, 15th-16th century), Europe

c. 1575-1600

Oil on panel

31 5/8 x 41 7/8 inches (80.3 x 106.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
Cat. 420

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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This painting was most likely executed by a follower of Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The early seventeenth-century biographer Carel van Mander recorded that the elder Bruegel would visit village fairs in disguise to observe peasant behavior and record them in works like this, and specifically describes watercolor paintings of peasant weddings.