'Two Peasants binding Firewood' and Pieter Brueghel the Younger's Workshop Practice
Pieter Brueghel the Younger
Technical Art History
Paul Holberton Publishing
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham
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The Barber Institute of Fine Art’s 'Two peasants binding faggots' is one of several versions of the composition attributed to Pieter Brueghel the Younger and his workshop. The recent restoration of the painting provided the opportunity to explore its technique, materials and style in the context of comparable works. Of the two other extant rectangular paintings of the same format, it was possible to examine that belonging to a Belgian private collection at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, Brussels, and to inspect high resolution images including infrared reflectography (IRR) of the other in the National Gallery, Prague, prior to their loan to the exhibition at the Barber Institute in Birmingham in 2022.
Christina Currie & Ruth Bubb,"Two peasants binding firewood' and Pieter Brueghel the younger's workshop practice", in : Robert Wenley (ed.), Peasants and proverbs : Pieter Brueghel the Younger as moralist and entrepreneur (Birmingham, 2022), p. 40-61