The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Museo del Prado Identifies an Unknown Work by Pieter Bruegel the Elder
The reappearance of this painting can be considered a major discovery for the history of art.

MADRID.- The Wine of Saint Martin’s Day (glue-size tempera on linen, 148 x 270.5cm, ca.1565-1568) is a previously unknown work by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, the key figure within 16th-century Flemish painting. It has been attributed to the artist by the Museo del Prado following several months of study and the restoration of the painting at the Museum. The Museum now has an advantageous option to purchase the painting and benefits from the support provided by the favourable reports issued by the Standing Committee of the Royal Board of Trustees and the Export Licensing Committee, in addition to the support expressed today by the Minister.

The reappearance of this painting can be considered a major discovery for the history of art. Pieter Bruegel the Elder, the “new Bosch” as he was known in his day, is the most important figure within 16th-century Flemish painting. Celebrated in his own lifetime, following his early death in 1569 his small output (of which only works executed in the decade between 1557 and 1568 now survive) was obsessively pursued by collectors

The identification of The Wine of Saint Martin’s Day as a work by Pieter Bruegel the Elder is one of the most important discoveries of recent years with regard to the work of this great painter, who surpassed even Quintin Massys and Joachim Patinir, with whom he formed the group of the three leading Flemish painters of the century. This is a unique work, both regard to its subject and the way in which Bruegel resolved the composition. This fact, combined with the very small number of surviving autograph works by the artist (numbering forty prior to the reappearance of the present painting) means that its discovery is of exceptional importance and international interest.

The Wine of Saint Martin’s Day, currently owned by a private Spanish collection, could soon join the collection of the Museo del Prado following the announcement of its discovery, formalised today by the Ministry of Culture, and given the possibility of embarking on the administrative procedures relating to the right to purchase option that was agreed by the Museum when it undertook the study and restoration of the painting, through the mediation of Sotheby’s.

With the present acquisition, the Museo del Prado would double the number of known works by the artist in Spain, the other being The Triumph of Death also in the Prado (cat. 1393, Museo Nacional del Prado. Oil on panel, 117 x 162 cm.; ca. 1562), which is a masterpiece by the artist that was previously in the Spanish royal collections. The Wine of Saint Martin’s Day now joins the very small group of works by Pieter Bruegel the Elder that are accepted as autograph, most of them being signed (see Bruegel: The complete Paintings, Drawings and Prints, Manfred Sellink, 2007).

Today's News

September 23, 2010

Centre Pompidou Stages a Major Retrospective of the Work of Nouveaux Réaliste Arman

Jean Cocteau and Picasso Print and Ceramic Sales Make over £500,000 at Bonhams

Norton's Monet in Major Exhibition at the Grand Palais, Gauguin Goes to Tate

The Museo del Prado Identifies an Unknown Work by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Phillips de Pury & Co. Announces Highlights from Contemporary Art Sale

Wallace Collection Presents French Drawings from Poussin to Seurat

Art Show by Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood Starts Up in Ohio

Sotheby's Presents Its Strongest Ever Sale of Modern and Contemporary Arab and Iranian Art

Under Unusual Arrangement, in Austria, Castles Aren't Just for Kings

Artist Dale Chihuly Stretches Boundaries of Glass Blowing

The Saratoga Automobile Museum Presents Thirteen Woodies

National Geographic Magazine to Start Publishing in Arabic

Attila Szücs: The Hidden and the Revered at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art

Exhibition of New Sculptures by Franz West at Gagosian in Rome

Old Master, Modern & Contemporary Prints Highlight Auction at Bonhams

The Pace Gallery Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary with Retrospective Shows

National Portrait Gallery Unveils a "Gothic" Portrait of Isabella Blow

Work by Gerhard Richter from the Weserburg Museum to Be Offered

Man Survives Passing Out with Head in Museum Noose

Frieze Magazine Announces Winner of 2010 Writer's Prize

Whitechapel Gallery Opens The London Art Book Fair 2010 Tomorrow

Bonhams to Sell Meissen Teapot Once Owned by Mother of George I for £200,000

Doris Lee Celebrates Life's Small Pleasures at D. Wigmore Fine Art

Prehispanic Roadway Explored by Archaeologists in Xochicalco

Stockholm Based Artist Cecilia Edefalk Exhibits at Gladstone Gallery

Sale of Exploration and Travel at Christie's Achieves $2,590,380

Amazing Horned Dinosaurs Unearthed on "Lost Continent"

New York's Frick Museum Director, Anne L. Poulet, to Retire Next Year

Major Guillermo Kuitca Retrospective Opens Sperone Westwater's New Building

An Exhibition of Works on Paper by 8 Contemporary Artists at Jill Newhouse

Ashmolean Receives 1 Million Visitors to the New Museum Since It Reopened

ArtsWave Launches, Building on Success of Fine Arts Fund

Detroit Institute of Arts Participates in High-Tech Treasure Hunting Game

Lost Language Unearthed in a Letter Found in Peru

Portland Museum of Art's $3 million Gift from Emily Eaton Moore is Allocated

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Conservation reveals Wellington Collection work was painted by Titian's Workshop

2.- New dinosaur discovered after lying misidentified in university's vaults for over 30 years

3.- Unseen Texas Chainsaw Massacre outtakes and stills sold for a combined $26,880

4.- National gallery reveals conserved Italian altarpiece by Giovanni Martini da Udine

5.- London's Tate Modern evacuated after child falls, teen arrested

6.- Bavarian State Minister of the Arts restitutes nine works of art

7.- Boy thrown from London's Tate Modern is French tourist visiting UK

8.- Child thrown from London gallery has broken spine, legs and arm

9.- £10 million Turner masterpiece may leave British shores

10.- Tourists banned from sitting on Rome's Spanish Steps

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful