The Peasant Wedding
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The Peasant Wedding is a 1567 or 1568 painting by the Flemish Renaissance painter and printmaker Pieter Brueghel the Elder, one of his many depicting peasant life. It is currently housed in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
The bride is under the canopy, and the groom is uncertain, but may be the man in black, to the left of the largest figure, leaning back, with a mug in hand. Musicians play, and an unbreeched boy in the foreground licks a plate.
The feast is in a barn; two ears of corn with a rake reminding us of the work that harvesting involves, and the hard lot peasants have. The plates are carried on a door off its hinges. The main food was bread, porridge and soup.