New exhibition of Renaissance works

Admiring Pieter Brueghel the Younger's work in Montrose Museum are (from left) curator Rachel Benvie, Dr John Johnston, Provost Ruth Leslie Melville and Norman Atkinson from Angus Council's cultural services department.
Admiring Pieter Brueghel the Younger's work in Montrose Museum are (from left) curator Rachel Benvie, Dr John Johnston, Provost Ruth Leslie Melville and Norman Atkinson from Angus Council's cultural services department.

AN EXHIBITION featuring Renaissance paintings by Flemish artist Pieter Brueghel the Younger opened at Montrose Museum at the weekend.

Although well-known for his fantasy paintings featuring treatments of fire and grotesque imagery, which earned him the nickname “Hell” Brueghel, the exhibition focuses on his less apocalyptic side with several religious and landscape pieces.

Brueghel is also noted for copies and variants of peasant scenes painted by his father, Pieter Brueghel the Elder.

The 16th/17th century paintings come from Angus Council’s own permanent collections and a selection on permanent loan from the Aberdeen Art Gallery.

The background to how these outstanding paintings arrived in Scottish collections from Spain is also explored, and it is thought they may have been bundled up with war booty in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars.

Alongside the paintings is a display of artefacts from Angus museums’ mediaeval and religious collections, including objects highlighting links with the burgh of Montrose and the Low Countries at the time.

Angus Provost Ruth Leslie Melville attended a private viewing at the museum on Friday afternoon and expressed a hope that the exhibition will prove to be popular with visitors.

The exhibition runs at the museum, Panmure Place, until Saturday, April 14. The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and admission is free.