Sinister Satire: the Art of Pieter Bruegel

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Delve into the amazing world of 16th-century Netherlands with an exploration of the masterful satire of Pieter Bruegel. In an era where art served as a powerful tool for moral instruction, Bruegel emerged as a virtuoso of darkly comedic commentary, using his canvases to dissect the follies and foibles of society with razor-sharp wit. This talk invites guests to unravel the layers of Bruegel’s seemingly whimsical images, revealing the profound depths of his very serious humour. From bustling village scenes to grotesque depictions of human folly, Bruegel’s works offer a window into the social, political, and religious tensions of his time, inviting contemplation on human nature. Through an exploration of Bruegel’s unique blend of satire and symbolism, we gain insight into how his contemporaries would have interpreted these enigmatic compositions, finding both amusement and admonition in their seemingly innocent details. Join us on a journey through the artistry of Pieter Bruegel, where laughter and insight converge in a tapestry of sinister satire.



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SKU: Pieter-Bruegel Category: Visual art




Speaker: Sarah Jaffray

Sarah Jaffray holds a BA and MA in Art History with an emphasis in 19th/20th century France and a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She holds a second MA in Cultural Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sarah was a lecturer for several colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area before relocating to London in 2012. She has worked in curatorial roles at the British Museum and Wellcome Collection. Sarah is currently a lecturer at the University of Arts London and Coordinator for City Lit’s Art History programme. Her art historical practice focuses on experimental narratives, artistic process, art pedagogy, politics and philosophy. Sarah’s current research is focused on translation and empathy.

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