- Reference number
- Brueghel “the Elder”, Jan (Flemish),
- Country Wedding
- Ca. 1612
- 84 cm x 126 cm
- Género y sociedad
- On display
- Colección Real (Real Alcázar, Madrid, galería del cierzo, 1686, 1701 y 1734; Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, tocador de la reina, 1772; Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, 1794; Palacio Real, Madrid, cuarto del mayordomo mayor, 1814-1818, s.n.).
A wedding procession moves towards the church in a rural setting. The male members of both families lead the procession, headed by the groom. The flower in his hand is clearly a symbol of matrimony. The bride remains among the women. Both wear black clothing and a broad ruff collar, in keeping with early seventeenth-century style.
The artist draws on the work of his father, Pieter Brueghel “the Elder,” in order to render everyday Flemish life with great veracity. But Jan Brueghel adds a greater presence of landscape, as can be seen in the leading role Nature plays here.
This work as paired with the Wedding Banquet Presided Over by the Archduke and Infanta (P1442). Both are documented from 1662, when they were hanging at Madrid's Alcázar Palace.