Brueghel and contemporaries: art as covert resistance? Bonnefanten 2021

Decades later, his son Peter II gave the soldiers who accompany Christ to Golgotha ​​the banner of the Habsburgs. Did he do this to make the religious image more tangible for his contemporaries? Or did he paint in the mind of his father, and is the weapon a veiled reproach to the authority that puts reformers to death? We will never know for sure, the painter must have deliberately left his intentions open to multiple explanations.