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The Miracle in the Snow

Pieter Bruegel the Elder

The first major European painting to feature falling snowflakes was Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s The Adoration of the Kings in the Snow, from 1563. Bruegel is known for being technically innovative, and this book explores that aspect of his work through a close look at this beloved painting, accompanied by stunning full-page detail reproductions of the work. Using the newest technology available to art historians and working with printed graphics and drawings in addition to the painting itself, the book offers new insight into the ways Bruegel worked and achieved his still-fresh effects. Accompanying an exhibition at the Oskar Reinhart Collection in Winterthur, Switzerland, this catalog has something new to offer even to the most dedicated fan of this European master.

96 pages | 50 color plates | 8 1/4 x 8 3/4

Art: European Art


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"This exhibition catalogue focuses on Pieter Brueghel the Elder’s Adoration of the Kings in the Snow (1563), part of the Oskar Reinhart Collection in Winterthur, Switzerland, which was thoroughly examined in collaboration with the Kunsthistoriches Museum in Vienna. . . Technical analysis also revealed Brueghel’s painting method in the preparatory layers, underdrawing, palette, paint layers, and brushwork—especially his unique method of painting
falling snow, seen in numerous photographic details. Scholars can now fill in gaps in Brueghel’s painting career in Brussels, when he shifted to small, detailed conversation pieces made for private patrons."

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