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Children’s Games by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

    Children's Games by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

    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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