Spain unearths a rare Bruegel
An unidentified painting brought to Spain about 400 years ago has turned out to be a previously unknown masterpiece by 16th century Flemish painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder, the culture minister said Thursday.
Angeles Gonzalez Sinde said experts at Madrid’s Prado National Art Museum have positively identified the painting, “The Wine of St. Martin’s Day,” and are negotiating to buy it from its current owners.
The tempera on linen painting is dated between 1565 and 1568. It depicts a crowd of about 100 people scrambling madly to get a sample of the year’s first vintage from a barrel on St. Martin’s feast day.
The Prado has just one other Bruegel the Elder painting. The museum said that prior to the latest find there were only 40 signed Bruegels in existence.