Bruegel et ses Marolles

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02/06/2019 - 02/06/2019

Bruegel et ses Marolles

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Go for a walk and discover the Marolles of the 16th century and, more specifically, the person who is so emblematic of our artistic culture: Pieter Bruegel, who lived in Antwerp at the time, fell in love with the daughter of his master, Pieter Coecke van Aelst. His future mother-in-law would only allow the marriage on condition that the couple came to live in Brussels. Some months after they became engaged, the couple made their union official at the Church of Our Lady of the Chapel, in the Marolles. The newly-weds settled down in this fashionable area, which is now known as the Bruegel quarter, and which was often visited by the elites and artists of the time. They initially started their family at 132 Rue Haute, in a house with stepped gables in the medieval Flemish style typical in the 16th century, which you can still admire today. This is where he painted his most famous works such as ‘The Hunters in the Snow’ and ‘The Preaching of St John the Baptist’. Bruegel, who witnessed troubled times within an unstable political and religious situation, was a contemporary of Charles V, his son who succeeded him and the Duke of Alba, and he was also present at the execution of the Counts of Egmont and Hornes. He lived in Brussels until his death in 1569, upon which he was buried in the same church where he took his marriage vows.

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