Kermis at Hoboken
Pieter the Elder Bruegel (ca. 1525-1569)
Pen and brown ink on laid paper
Width: 39.4 cm; Height: 26.5 cm;
Pen and brown ink by the artist, lower left,
Pen and brown ink by the artist, within image,
recto, on banner at left, Gilde [?]/ . . . /hoboken/ . . . / .
Lee of Fareham, Arthur Hamilton (1st Viscount); bequest; 1947
About this work
Pieter Bruegel created this detailed drawing as a design for an engraving. Celebrated for his vivid depictions of peasant life, Bruegel here shows revelers at a festival in the Flemish village of Hoboken. Amidst scenes of drinking and dancing and figures relieving themselves, an archery contest is precariously underway. The secular and the religious co-exist. At the upper left a chamber of rhetoric presents a performance whilst a statue of a saint is carried at the head of a religious procession.
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