- Reference number
- Brueghel “the Elder”, Jan (Flemish),
- Wedding Banquet Presided Over by the Archduke and Infanta
- Ca. 1612
- 84 cm x 126 cm
- Género y sociedad
- On display
- Colección Real (Real Alcázar, Madrid, galería del cierzo, 1666, 1686 y 1700; Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, 1772; Palacio Real, Madrid, cuarto del mayordomo mayor, 1814-1818, s.n.).
The pendant of Country Wedding (P1441) shows the banquet that follows the wedding procession. The bride sits under a straw canopy at the center of the scene, which Brueghel sets under four leafy trees, revealing the great importance he gave to landscapes.
The presence of the Archduke Alberto de Austria and the infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia, then governors of the Low Countries, makes this work an illustration of their harmonious rule and of the union of the sovereigns with their subjects. Thus, Brueghel paints an everyday scene, but with evident political connotations.
This work is first documented at Madrid's Alcázar Palace in 1666.