Monday, April 14, 2014

I Got to See The Wedding Dance by Pieter Bruegel the Elder Yesterday at the Detroit Institute of Arts

I spent Sunday afternoon at the Detroit Institute of Arts and it was a most enriching experience. I had not been to this museum since a school trip in junior high. It was a privilege to have access to the priceless collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts. I know that trips here with my family when I was young greatly contributed to my interest in history and especially Renaissance Art.

Just last month during the blog tour for Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale I prepared a presentation about how Renaissance artists aided my research for my historical fantasy novel. I particularly cited the works of Pieter Bruegel the Elder for his amazing depictions of common people. His art helped me envision the clothing and attitudes of peasants.

The Bruegel painting at the DIA is the Wedding Dance. This richly detailed masterpiece is packed with bawdy detail and Bacchanalian joy. While studying the painting in person yesterday I overheard the reactions of other people in the gallery. The obvious erections of the men in the foreground immediately titillated viewers who then started looking more closely to see what else they could find in the festive composition.

I highly recommend visiting the DIA website and using its magnification tool to study the Wedding Dance.

See more examples of Bruegel's art and other artists who inspired my writing of Werelord Thal in the presentation below.