David Teniers the Younger, Dulle Griet (Mad Meg)

Private collection

Date: 1640s
Technique: Oil on oak panel, 48 x 69 cm

Dulle Griet (Dull Gret, also known as Mad Meg) is a figure of Flemish folklore who is the subject of a 1562 painting by Pieter Brueghel the Elder. The painting depicts a peasant woman, Mad Meg, who leads an army of women to pillage Hell. The painting is in the Museum Mayer van den Bergh in Antwerp.

She is also the subject of a 1640s painting by Flemish painter David Teniers the Younger.

Dull Gret appears as a character in Caryl Churchill's Play "Top Girls" (1982), where she recounts her invasion of Hell: "I'd had enough, I was mad, I hate the bastards. I come out my front door that morning and shout till my neighbors come out and I said, "Come on, we're going where the evil come from and pay the bastards out.'" (Churchill, 28).

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  1. Don't know where to put a comment, so I just drop it here. Anyway...
    Excellent collection you got on this Blog!! Thanks for the effort putting it all together.

  2. It's not in the Museum Mayer van den Bergh in Antwerp. They have a painting by Pieter Bruegel I with the same name - related subject matter, but treated very differently.

  3. Thanks for the comment.
    This painting is in private collection like it was mentioned above. Sentence about Museum Mayer van den Bergh is related with Brueghel's painting.


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