Pieter Bruegel and the Culture of the Early Modern Dinner Party

1st Edition

Claudia Goldstein

Routledge
Published October 6, 2016
Reference - 188 Pages
ISBN 9781138246003 - CAT# Y312533
Series: Visual Culture in Early Modernity

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Summary

Mining a rich, interdisciplinary mix of sources, including stoneware jugs, personal correspondence, paintings, inventories, and literature written for the dining room, this study offers a critical and entirely original examination of the function of early modern images for the people who owned and viewed them. The study explores the emergence, functions and material culture of the Antwerp dinner party during the heady days of the mid-sixteenth century, when Antwerp’s art market was thriving and a new wealthy, non-noble class dominated the city. The author recontextualizes some of Bruegel’s work within the cultural nexus of the dining room, where material culture and theatrical performance met humanist wit and the desire for professional advancement. The narrative also touches on the reception of Northern art in Lombardy, on intersections among painting, material culture, and theater, and on intellectual history.

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