Internet Shakespeare Editions


Bruegel: slices of life

A Peasant Wedding. Bruegel. Reduced from the image on the Internet site of Nicolas Pioch;
original in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.

Bruegel's image recreates a festive occasion as peasants feast at a wedding.

Falstaff and his cronies in the Henry the Fourth plays and The Merry Wives of Windsor are good examples of Shakespeare's ability to create a Bruegel-like dramatic landscape. Of his contemporaries, Ben Jonson, in Bartholomew Fair and Thomas Dekker in The Shoemakers' Holiday also recreate the teeming and varied life of the time.