Unique display of paintings to go on show

14 October

A display which brings together for the first time a small selection of outstanding paintings by Pieter Brueghel the Younger will open to the public on Wednesday 09 November at Aberdeen Art Gallery, Schoolhill.

These paintings from the collections of Aberdeen Art Gallery and Angus Museums, show how this famous renaissance artist, who was born in 1564 or 1565 [actual year is unknown] and who earned his nickname 'Hell Brueghel' from his gory fantastical scenes, had another side - painting tender genre and religious subjects.

The display focuses on how these paintings came into this country and explores the stories of their first Scottish owners, some of whom had gained access to these Flemish paintings, which were in Spanish collections, following the Napoleonic Wars, when legitimately acquired paintings as well as war booty returned to Britain with the troops.

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums lead curator (art) Jennifer Melville said: "I am delighted that we have been able to work with Angus Museums in order to stage a display of this important renaissance artist's work. It will be a welcome opportunity for the public to see his work and to learn more about why and how such paintings were acquired by Scottish collectors."

This small exhibition runs until Saturday 19 February 2012 then it will go on display at Montrose Museum from Saturday 25 February to Saturday 07 April 2012.