Bruegel The Master

Elke Oberthaler, Sabine Pènot, Manfred Sellink, Ron Spronk


Nearly 450 years after his death, Pieter Bruegel the Elder is widely regarded as the 16th century’s greatest Netherlandish painter. This book is the tie-in catalog for a once-in-a-generation exhibition of Bruegel’s work at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

Bruegel’s work is renowned for its stunning compositions, often moralizing and always teeming with characters, inviting the viewer to reflect on the multi-layered complexity of each image. Today, just over forty of his original paintings remain in museums and private collections, many of which have never been loaned out for exhibition purposes. This book presents a full survey of Bruegel’s entire oeuvre and will prove to be an indispensable resource for Bruegel fans and scholars alike.


Elke Oberthaler


Elke Oberthaler is Chief Conservator of the Picture Gallery at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna and a lecturer at the University of Applied Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts.

Sabine Pènot


Sabine Pènot is Curator of Early Netherlandish and Dutch paintings at the Kunsthistorisches Museum.

Manfred Sellink


Manfred Sellink is General Director and Head Curator of the Royal Museum for Fine Arts, Antwerp.

Ron Spronk


Ron Spronk is a technical art historian and professor of Art History at Queen’s University, Ontario, and at Radboud University in the Netherlands.