Pieter Breughel II ateljee
Presentation of Gifts
|Title:||Presentation of Gifts|
|Description:||Workshop of Pieter Brueghel the Younger (1564–1638)
The paintings Bridal Procession on the Way to Church and Presentation of Offerings, which were completed in the workshop of Pieter Brueghel the Younger, are part of a peasant wedding series, which was traditionally comprised of six works. The traditional series covered the following events: the bridal procession on the way to church, the groom’s procession on the way to church, the presentation of offerings, the wedding festivities, the blessing of the marital bed (by the village priest) and, finally, the everyday life of the married couple. The most important part of the whole wedding – the church ceremony – was never depicted.
The newly-weds were usually presented with household items and smaller pieces of furniture, such as jugs, bowls, baskets, a spinning wheel, chairs, a chamber pot, a baby’s pot or a crib. The crib was a traditional gift, indicating the community’s expectations for the marriage, that is, progeny. The painting also protests the custom of taking money from wedding guests, which was officially forbidden in the Low Countries in the 17th century. On the table in front of the bride, there is a plate with monetary donations from the guests. Exact sums are written down by a respectably dressed older man on the bride’s right hand; his task is difficult to determine, as later changes to the painting have covered his pen and paper.
|Related categories:||Foreign Art|
|Copyright notice:||Art Museum of Estonia|
|AME collection:||Foreign paintings collection|
|Collection number:||VM 2|
|Accretion number:||EKM j 153:2|
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