Saturday, 19 October 2013

A New Brueghel

Those of you who know something of art history will think the above painting is Pieter Bruegel the Elder's The Census at Bethlehem (1566), which has been known about for yonks. You can buy prints of it online. But this new discovery shown is Peter Breughel the Younger's The Census at Bethlehem (c. 1611). For some reason best known to himself the Younger Breughel added an "h" to his name. The Pieter has been Anglicized to Peter. This new Breughel belonged to the same English family for 400 years. In the 1940's it was moved to South Africa, where it was recently discovered. Its first showing to the public is on the stand of Johnny Van Haeften Ltd at Frieze Masters in London (CLICK). Sold.


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