Originally featured in the 12-07-2018 Scout Report, this project offers visitors the opportunity to get an up-close view of this innovative Renaissance painter's work.
The sixteenth-century Flemish artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder is known for his intricate paintings, many depicting everyday peasant activities, some in a style inspired by that of Hieronymus Bosch. Bruegel's paintings continue to intrigue art historians and aficionados to this day, and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna has recently provided a new resource for anyone interested in this Old Master. Launched in October 2018, Inside Bruegel is a digital portal through which visitors can examine in extreme detail twelve of Bruegel's paintings that conservators have painstakingly captured using multiple imaging methods. In addition to the visible light macrophotography showing the paintings as they are seen today, readers can also view them using infrared macrophotography and reflectography, as well as X-radiography. These additional methods allow viewers to look beyond the final images of the paintings and see elements such as the "underdrawings" Bruegel sketched before painting, which sometimes show startling details. For example, in The Battle Between Carnival and Lent, X-radiography revealed a corpse in a cart that had at some point been painted over. Available in both English and German, Inside Bruegel was created to accompany a rare exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum featuring all of Bruegel's extant works together.