The crossbow in the time of Bruegel

Exhibitions History & Archeology, Specialties > Grand Serment Royal et de St-Georges des Arbalétriers
At the end of the 16th century, the crossbow disappeared from the battlefield and was increasingly replaced by firearms, which had the advantage of speed. But the crossbow remained the hunting weapon of choice for nobility and general population alike. It became primarily a weapon of leisure which was often found at fairs in the local area. The various depictions of this weapon, and its shooting areas, created by the Brussels painter, are a testament to this. The exhibition will use these depictions to show the sociological evolution of the crossbow in the cities of the Spanish Netherlands, leading up to its current usage.