Peasant Dance

around 1568, Artist: Pieter Bruegel d. Ä.



Peasant Dance

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.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Saal X

Object data

Object Name





around 1568


Pieter Bruegel d. Ä. (um 1525/30 Breugel oder Antwerpen? - 1569 Brüssel) - GND


oak wood


Overall: 114 cm × 164 cm × 3 cm
Framed: 131 cm × 181 cm × 7 cm


Inscribed at lower right: BRVEGEL

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 1059


1610-1619 Vienna, Neue Burg; 1748 from the treasury to the gallery

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