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A close-up view of Bruegel

Right now, our Conservation Workshop is engaged in complex technological analyses of all our Bruegels. The aim of this international research project is to complete a comprehensive condition report of the fragile panels.

3D-HD photograph, Hirox camera, detail of Children's Games (1560)

Not surprisingly, in some cases there is an urgent need for action. So far, only a few of the paintings have been put under glass and moved to climate-control boxes, some of which are not state-of-the-art. Ideally, all works should be protected by shatterproof glass and frame-integrated climate-control boxes. The surfaces of the still-unprotected panels Peasant Wedding (1568), Peasant Dance (1568) and Christ Carrying the Cross (1564) show contaminants and staining. These paintings need to be cleaned and the damaged varnish treated. The unique masterpieces should also be reframed according to modern conservation standards, i.e. they require tension-free mounting in their decorative frames.

HD photograph, Peasant Dance (c. 1568)

First, every painting will be carefully photographed using a specially developed positioning system. We plan to upload these HD-images, together with all relevant research, on a special website so that everyone can access and study in minute detail the fascinating pictorial world of Pieter Bruegel the Elder!

Please support this seminal project. Your help is an important contribution to the preservation of these unique masterpieces by Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

Thank you very much!

Sabine Haag, Director General

It's worth it...

Your name will be displayed on our electronic roll of honour for this restoration project and on the Bruegel website.

Donate €100 and you will receive an invitation to our biannual ‘Art Patrons’ reception hosted by Director-General Sabine Haag, where you will be among the first to hear the latest about our upcoming Bruegel exhibition.

Donate €500 and you will be invited to a talk by our Bruegel experts.

Donate €1000 and your gift will be listed in the exhibition catalogue, and we will invite you and your guests to a guided tour of the Picture Gallery led by one of our experts


Your donation is tax-deductible

account holder: KHM-Museumsverband
IBAN: AT70 6000 0005 1014 1679
reference: Bruegel hautnah

For more information, please contact us
at +43 1 52524 - 4032
or email

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