The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
Feb. 22-July 7, 2019
Just as modern streaming services give us unprecedented freedom to watch television series in our own order, time and place, print series allowed viewers in the Renaissance Netherlands to enjoy the same sets of images as their peers in more personalized and accessible ways. The Print Series in Bruegel’s Netherlands: Dutch and Flemish Works from the Permanent Collection places 16th- and 17th-century Netherlandish prints in their original series context to explore the practices of looking at a succession of images. Many of these series illustrate cosmological, religious and social ideas, challenging Pieter Bruegel the Elder and other print designers to represent these themes in a manner that appealed to both personalized and general tastes. This exhibition also allows the visitor to consider the ways in which abstract ideas were illustrated in more recognizable contexts.
Hieronymus Cock, Netherlandish, c.1510–1570, after Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Netherlandish, 1529–1569. Prudence (Prudentia) from the series The Seven Virtues, 1559 (detail). Engraving, 8 7/8 x 11 5/8 in (22.5 x 29.5 cm). Museum Purchase with Curriculum Support Funds, 1982.7.
Jan or Lucas van Doetechum (Dutch, 1530-1606), after Master of the Small Landscapes (Dutch,
Landscape With Woodcutters
from the series
Multifariarum Casularum, 1500-
1599.Etching, 5 1/2 x 7 3/4 in (14 x 19.7 cm). Gift of Gertrude Weber, 1995.22.21