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The publisher of this website is the Belgian non-profit organisation Flemish Art Collection vzw (Vlaamse Kunstcollectie / VKC).

Headquarters: Fernand Scribedreef 1, (Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent), 9000 Gent, Belgium.

Correspondence address: Hofbouwlaan 28, 9000 Gent, Belgium.

The Flemish Art Collection is the structural partnership between five art-historical museums in Flanders: the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA), the Groeninge Museum in Bruges, the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent (MSK), M - Museum Leuven and Mu.ZEE in Ostend. The Antwerp Municipal Art Museums (Rubenianum, Rubens House, Museum Mayer van den Bergh and Middelheim Museum) take part in the VKC meeting as observers.   

For this website, the VKC has collected content from various collections-management heritage organisations worldwide.

Intellectual Property Right, Copyright and Public Domain

Texts, images, photographs, logos and other items on this site are protected by copyright and other laws on intellectual property. 

Copies, reproductions, changes, translations, operations, changes to the site, part of this site or the content on this site, in whatever format or method are subjected to strict rules.

The Flemish Art Collection invests a great deal of time and energy for the proper identification of the status of right of the various types of content on its websites. We try to indicate this as well as possible. Because of the complex laws and the many different, and sometimes changing, copyright owners, however, we do not guarantee that this is done without faults. Should you have evidence of a fault with the copyright status, or if you are of the opinion that for specific parts of this website the copyright is violated, then you can immediately contact us at If you have grounds to believe that the copyright on certain works has been infringed, you may contact the Flemish Art Collection by email (  

Images, their copyright status and the public domain

The copyright is applicable and can be enforced for up to 70 years after the death of an author, artist, photographer, etc. (or his/her authorised rights’ holder). Under each image on this website you will find the copyright status. 

In principle, the works of art in the oeuvre of Pieter Bruegel the Elder belong to the public domain and are copyright-free. However, each museum has its own image policy, often with an improper use of copyright. Some museums provide images in high resolution and use public domain licenses for this purpose. Other museums are more restrictive, have supplied low-resolution images and apply strict copyright regulations. Other museums are still following a middle course. The resolution of the images on this website, as well as the copyright status, is therefore very diverse. The Flemish Art Collection adhered to the conditions set by the international partner museums. For each image you will find the rights indication provided by the partner museum. The Flemish Art Collection would like to apologize for this inconvenience.

If you have any doubts about the reuse of images, we recommend that you contact the institution that owns the work. 

The images of the copyrighted art works on this website (with the designation of ©) may not be reproduced nor downloaded without the consent of the rights holders or their agent. Therefore, any reproduction, adaptation, partial modification, or transmission via TV, cable or the Internet, of this artwork is prohibited without the prior consent of the authors or their agent. 

If possible, we used a Creative Commons-licence for this website. Images of works with no copyright or other user conditions receive the CC0 entry. For more information about other Creative Commons-licences we applied, see

To order high-resolution images

For high-resolution images you can contact the institution that owns the artwork.

Re-use of public domain data and copyright texts on this website

All descriptive information or so-called data published on this website contain no indication of originality and therefore belong to the public domain. You can thus freely use this information. This website publishes this data under a Creative Commons Zero (CCO) license to make this explicitly clear.

All texts used on this website were made available under the Creative Commons license CC-BY. With each text you will find the indication of the governing copyright status.

CC-BY means that the text can be re-used with a mention of the source (Website Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Publisher Flemish Art Collection vzw,, date).

You can find more information about Creative Commons licenses at:


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The Flemish Art Collection places a strong importance upon the fact that the information offered on this website is reliable and up to date. 

When new collections data, information and images are uploaded, the old data is automatically overwritten. As such, this website remains an active system and the visitor can follow the most recent scientific discoveries. 

If you detect an error, you can report it via

In addition to collections data, the visitor also receives contextual and supplemental information that can place the art objects in a broader framework. This information must also be reliable and of good quality. Therefore the Flemish Art Collection has specialised art historians for editing its websites.

Personal data

The Flemish Art Collection wants to guarantee the privacy of every visitor to this site and does so with due regard for all statutory and other provisions regarding the protection of privacy. The Flemish Art Collection will never reveal nor pass on any information to anyone, except if obliged to do so by an authorised public body. The information will only be used with regard to our service(s), we will never contact you for something that is not related to our services.

If you send us your personal details, they could be included in our files and processed for the membership database management, the sites and the (improvement of the) provided service, to carry out market surveys and questionnaires and to inform you about updates issued by the Flemish Art Collection.

The visitor can, freely and by request, always refuse the usage of his/her personal information for direct marketing. For this, he/she is directed to contact the Flemish Art Collection, Hofbouwlaan 28 - 29, 9000 Ghent or via

In conformity to the legal processing of personal information of 08/12/1992, the visitor holds a legal right to the investigation and possible correction of his/her personal details. If necessary, you can also request to correct the data that is incorrect, incomplete or not pertinent. In this case, send an email to

The Flemish Art Collection can collect anonymous or aggregated personal information from non-personal sources, such as browser type or IP address, the operating programme that the visitor uses or the domain name of the website which the visitor uses to get to our website or through which the visitor leaves. This makes it possible for us to optimise our permanent website for our visitors.

For more information or for complaints regarding the handling of your personal details please contact the 'Commissie voor de bescherming van de persoonlijke levenssfeer' (Commission for the protection of privacy), Ministry of Justice, Waterloolaan 115 at 1000 Brussels.


The Flemish Art Collection is not liable for any mistakes on this site. Under no circumstance can the Flemish Art Collection be held liable or responsible for damages, irrespective of the nature arising from the data provided on this site or the incomplete, out-dated or incorrect nature of the data. Nor can the Flemish Art Collection be held liable or responsible for damages, irrespective of the nature, arising from the use of this site.

For links to websites or to web pages of third parties, over which the Flemish Art Collection has no control in terms of content or other characteristics, the Flemish Art Collection can, under no circumstance, be held liable or responsible.

If a provision of these terms and conditions cannot be enforced or conflicts with a mandatory provision, this lack of enforceability or invalidity shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the other provisions.