Technical Study of Paintings by Pieter Brueghel the Younger in Belgian Public Collections: Preliminary Results
Brueghel the Younger, underdrawing
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As part of a doctoral thesis into the working techniques of paintings by Pieter Brueghel the Younger in Belgian public collections, the Ghent version of the 'Wedding Dance' was closely examined using dendrochronology, X-radiography, infrared reflectography and the binocular microscope. Dendrochronology, plus analysis of the Antwerp brand and the "clover" panel maker's mark of Michiel Claessens, dates the panel to 1620 or after. Infrared reflectography also identifies particular stylistic traits in the underdrawing. X-radiography shows that the artist used the traditional technique of leaving reserves in the background paint for his major forms.