The opening dance of the country fair is depicted: a traditional leaping dance which was carried out by two pairs only and preceded the general dance. The pair in the foreground rushes to do this, but is distracted by the scene to the far left: a beggar (or is it a pilgrim?) approaches a table begging for alms. Bruegel’s view of peasants is neither condescending nor humorous – rather realism bordering on idealism dominates.
Overall: 114 cm × 164 cm × 3 cm
Framed: 131 cm × 181 cm × 7 cm
Inscribed at lower right: BRVEGEL
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
1610-1619 Vienna, Neue Burg; 1748 from the treasury to the gallery
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