Thursday 21 September 2023

Bruegel: the Seasons and the World

By Gavin Plumley

 The world of art came to be viewed differently after Pieter Bruegel the Elder was commissioned to create dining room paintings in Antwerp in 1565. He displayed landscapes during the course of the year and the landscape itself was the focus of the paintings, not the backdrop. Gavin explores paintings such as Bruegel’s “Return of the Herd”, “Hunters in the Snow” and “The Gloomy Day” and shows us a different way of looking at the environment and our place in it as it changes.

The Harvesters by Pieter Brueghel the Elder ( The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York- Rogers Fund,


Gavin Plumley is a writer and broadcaster who has appeared on BBC radios 3 and 4. He regularly contributes to newspapers, magazines, opera and concerts across the world. He lectures about the Culture of Central Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries. His most recent talks include the Royal Opera House, The British Museum and the V and A.