Pieter Bruegel the Elder, one of the great Netherlandish masters of the Renaissance, is famous for his winter landscapes. To this day, his large paintings—with their gloomy atmospheres, their pale light, ice skaters, and sledding—still embody the Flemish winters of this period and have gone down in the collective visual memory as typical images of northern winters.
Through interdisciplinary work, historians and art historians have collaborated on new analyses of Bruegel’s vision, which have altered their perspectives not only of his works, but of his era, as well. This volume focuses on Bruegel’s Winter Landscape with a Bird Trap and The Census at Bethlehem from the collection of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. A treasure for Bruegel experts and fans!