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A Grand Bruegels Reunion

Art and life has its way of coming together once again as is reflected in a "once in a lifetime" chance to portray several paintings, drawings, and prints by the artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder which will be exhibited at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

For 450 years, these works have been separated - some stolen, others seized, and still others went missing - but now, under the auspices of the KHM, the Bruegels will be reunited once more.

Of the original six Seasons, one found its way to the Prince of Lobkowicz, another was seized during the Napoleonic Wars and ended up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a third was lost forever. For many of the paintings, this year’s exhibition was a homecoming. The Lobkowicz family, having reclaimed its collections after the Velvet Revolution, generously lent Haymaking, uniting four of the five surviving Seasons (the Met deemed The Harvesters too fragile to send).

(Image credit: The Blind Leading the Blind by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, in the collection Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte; Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

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