The Easel

Ignore the art market – there is only one Bruegel that matters

The UK discovery of a work by Brueghel the Younger has been widely reported. But how much fuss should be given to a work that the artist painted 31 times and copied from his genius father (Bruegel the Elder)? Does the market understand the difference between father and son?  “Brueghel the Younger is not a great artist: There are so many [of his] works … lying around in stately homes [for] a keen market [to] draw on”.

Image: Holburne Museum