Children’s Games by Pieter Bruegel the Elder was created in 1560. The painting is in Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien. The size of the work is 116,4 x 160,3 cm and is made of oil on wood panel.
From a bird’s-eye view – the only way Bruegel was able to accommodate the impressive number of figures legibly – one looks out over a wide square. Over 230 children are engaged in 83 different games. The minuteness of the scenes compels slow and selective study if one wants to decipher all the games – a pleasurable pastime. Bruegel’s composition has neither a role model nor a parallel in the visual arts and is to be understood as a painted “encyclopedia” – without a moralizing undertone.
About the Artist: Dutch painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder was born in Breda. Bruegel was the most significant artist of Dutch and Flemish Renaissance painting, a painter and printmaker, known for his landscapes and peasant scenes; he was a pioneer in making both types of subject the focus in large paintings. Between 1545 and 1550 he was a pupil of Pieter Coecke. In 1551 Bruegel became a free master in the Guild of Saint Luke of Antwerp… Read more
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