January 15th, 2015
Episode 425 of 533 episodes
Pieter Bruegel the Elder's painting of 1559, 'The Fight Between Carnival and Lent', was created in Antwerp at a time of religious tension between Catholics and Protestants. It is rich in detail but Bruegel is notoriously difficult to interpret. His art seems to reject the preoccupations of the Italian Renaissance, drawing instead on techniques associated with the new technology of the 16th century, print. Did Bruegel use his art to comment on the controversies of his day? Melvyn Bragg is joined by Louise Milne, Lecturer in Visual Culture in the School of Art at the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Napier University; Jeanne Nuechterlein, Senior Lecturer in the Department of History of Art, University of York and Miri Rubin, Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History and Head of the School of History at Queen Mary, University of London.