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Identification and Creation
Object Number
School of Pieter Bruegel, the Elder, Netherlandish (Breda (?), Belgium 1526/30 - 1569 Brussels, Belgium)
The Misanthrope, or the Perfidy of the World
Work Type
16th century
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Black ink on cream antique laid paper, circular framing line partially in brown ink and partially in black chalk
18.5 x 22.2 cm (7 5/16 x 8 3/4 in.)
mount: 23.8 x 27.4 cm (9 3/8 x 10 13/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: upper right, brown ink: ic vind de Werrelt ongetroú / daer om gaÿ ic in den roú
  • inscription: upper right, black chalk: à... d'un / ... [illegible]
  • inscription: lower right, black chalk: P...
  • inscription: mount, lower center, brown ink: Peter Breughal.
  • inscription: mount, upper right, graphite and blue ballpoint: [graphite] MARSHALL SPINK [blue ballpoint [81/99]
  • inscription: mount, verso, lower left, graphite: 292302
  • collector's mark: lower right, blind stamp: L. 970 (F. Abott)
  • watermark: none visible
F. Abott, Edinburgh (L. 970, lower right). [Sotheby Mak van Waay, Amsterdam, 29 October 1979, lot 154], sold; to Vermeer Associates Limited, Brampton, Ontario], long-term loan, to; Fogg Art Museum, 1979, sold; to Harvard University Art Museums, 2003.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, The Kate, Maurice R. and Melvin R. Seiden Special Purchase Fund in honor of Hope and Julian Edison
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Klaus Ertz, Pieter Brueghel der Jüngere (1564-1637/38): Die Gemälde mit Kritischem Œvrekatalog, Luca Verlag (Lingen, 1988/2000), pp. 78-79, repr. fig. 19

Exhibition History

Northern Renaissance Art: Selected Works, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 02/28/1984 - 04/08/1984

Subjects and Contexts

Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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