Brueghel and contemporaries: art as covert resistance? Bonnefanten 2021

Like Father, Like Son? Brueghel the Elder died in 1569, three years after the Iconoclasm. Under the reign of Fernando Àlvarez de Toledo, the Duke of Alva, and his Blood Council that followed, religious and political dissidents were relentlessly persecuted. While still on his deathbed, Pieter the Elder is said to have told his wife to burn his drawings, because the caustic satire could bring the family into trouble.