- Inventory number
- Brueghel “the Elder”, Jan
- Country Wedding
- 84 cm x 126 cm
- Genre and Society
- On display
- Colección Real (Real Alcázar, Madrid, galería del cierzo, 1666, nº 433; Real Alcázar, galería del cierzo, 1686, s.n.; Real Alcázar, galeria del cierzo, 1701 nº 197; Real Alcázar, pinturas que se llevaron a la casa del Marqués de Bedmar, 1734, nº 866; Palacio Nuevo, Madrid, Retrete del Rey, 1772, nº 866; Palacio Nuevo, tocador de la reina, 1794, s.n.; Palacio Nuevo, Madrid, cuarto del mayordomo mayor, 1814-1818, s.n.; Museo Real de Pinturas a la muerte de Fernando VII, Madrid, Salon 2º Escuela Flamenca, 1834, ¿nº53?)
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 (P01442). Both are documented from 1662, when they were hanging at Madrid's Alcázar Palace.