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  • “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches the Heavens” (Gen. 11-4). And so they built the tower of Babel, or so the Bible tel...
  • “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches the Heavens” (Gen. 11-4). And so they built the tower of Babel, or so the Bible tells us. We all know what happened next. God came down and gave the people different languages so they couldn’t understand each other and had to abandon the project. Pieter Brueghel the Elder painted this version of the story in the 16th century in Flanders. Whenever I get the chance to see it, I take a magnifying glass and explore just a section of it. There is just so much to see. The tower is a spiral with a road leading up it. There are houses in the structure and people ate doing all kinds of things on it. Amongst other things they are building the tower itself. On the left side there are two sets of cranes. With one set they lift up bricks. The track is a reddish colour because of the bricks and the dust coming of them. Just to the right of this there is another set of cranes. Here the tower has a white stripe. They are moving mortar, or lime for mortar up in this section. Higher up you can see the scaffolding where the building takes place. The top of the tower is obviously inspired by the Colosseum. If you search for it, you can find churches, markets and all things human on the tower. In the foreground men are digging for clay. Further back you can see the ovens that make the bricks. It was a suitable subject to paint as it deals with hubris. Brueghel lived in Antwerp for much of his life. At the time it was one of the biggest ports in the world. Building projects in that beautiful city were often compared to Babel. And of course, being a port, you heard every language imaginable on the streets and the docks. The Tower of Babel, Pieter Brueghel the Elder, about 1554, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam. #pieterbruegeltheelder #towerofbabel #genesis #arthistory #boijmansvanbeuningen #rotterdam #brueghel
  • 932 21 9:01 PM Apr 17, 2018
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“About suffering they were never wrong,
The Old Masters: how well they understood
Its human position: how it takes place
While someone else is ea...
  • - “About suffering they were never wrong, The Old Masters: how well they understood Its human position: how it takes place While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along; How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting For the miraculous birth, there always must be Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating On a pond at the edge of the wood: They never forgot That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer's horse Scratches its innocent behind on a tree. - - In Breughel's Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry, But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green Water, and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky, Had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.” - - - W. H. AUDEN, ‘Musée des Beaux Arts’ - - - After PIETER BRUEGEL THE ELDER, ‘Landscape with the Fall of Icarus’, 1590-95. Museum van Buuren, Brussels. - - - Long thought to be by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, scientific tests in 1998 challenged its attribution, and concluded the painting is a copy of a lost original by Bruegel by an artist from his circle. W. H. Auden’s ‘Musée des Beaux Arts’ was written in December 1938, while the poet was staying in Brussels with his partner Christopher Isherwood. Both the painting and the poem were featured in Nicolas Roeg’s 1976 film ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’ starring David Bowie as an alien who similarly plummets to earth in his search to save his dying planet. - - - #themanwhofelltoearth #pieterbruegeltheelder #whauden #oldmasters #davidbowie #nicolasroeg #thefalloficarus #poemfortheday 👨‍🎤🚀👼🏼🌏
  • 1667 29 9:21 AM Jul 23, 2018
  • An astonishing exhibition of one of my favourite artists Pieter Bruegel the Elder is taking place in Vienna now, marking the 450th anniversary of t...
  • An astonishing exhibition of one of my favourite artists Pieter Bruegel the Elder is taking place in Vienna now, marking the 450th anniversary of the artist’s death. Not being able to go to Vienna right now, I am enjoying his beautiful art at home, starting this challenging 2000 piece puzzle project. Has anyone visited the exhibition? 😍Please, let me know how you liked it 💛 Сейчас в Вене проходит уникальная выставка работ одного из моих самых любимых художников Питера Брейгеля старшего, приуроченная к 450- летней годовщине со дня смерти живописца. Не имея в данный момент возможности выбраться в Вену, наслаждаюсь работами любимого художника дома, начиная этот непростой проект в 2000 деталей. Кто был на этой выставке, друзья? Расскажите о ваших впечатлениях, плиззз 😊😍💛 #puzzle #puzzletime #puzzleprogress #puzzlepic #jigsaw #jigsaws #jigsawpuzzle #bruegel #pieterbruegel #pieterbruegeltheelder #puzzel #pussel #yapboz #art #artlover #2000pieces #puzzle2000 #пазл #пазлы #2000деталей #photooftheday #bruegel2018 #art #artlover
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  • It's never easy to get a big dog to go where you want him to go. And even harder when there are a bunch of soldiers running around looking for babi...
  • It's never easy to get a big dog to go where you want him to go. And even harder when there are a bunch of soldiers running around looking for babies to kill -- most of which have now disappeared under later repaint. From Pieter Brueghel the Elder's Massacre of the Innocents (swipe for the entire composition) in the Royal Collection, now in the Charles II exhibition. #pieterbruegeltheelder #massacreoftheinnocents #mastiff #charlesiiartandpower #dogsinart
  • 175 2 11:08 PM Mar 6, 2018

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  • An astonishing exhibition of one of my favourite artists Pieter Bruegel the Elder is taking place in Vienna now, marking the 450th anniversary of t...
  • An astonishing exhibition of one of my favourite artists Pieter Bruegel the Elder is taking place in Vienna now, marking the 450th anniversary of the artist’s death. Not being able to go to Vienna right now, I am enjoying his beautiful art at home, starting this challenging 2000 piece puzzle project. Has anyone visited the exhibition? 😍Please, let me know how you liked it 💛 Сейчас в Вене проходит уникальная выставка работ одного из моих самых любимых художников Питера Брейгеля старшего, приуроченная к 450- летней годовщине со дня смерти живописца. Не имея в данный момент возможности выбраться в Вену, наслаждаюсь работами любимого художника дома, начиная этот непростой проект в 2000 деталей. Кто был на этой выставке, друзья? Расскажите о ваших впечатлениях, плиззз 😊😍💛 #puzzle #puzzletime #puzzleprogress #puzzlepic #jigsaw #jigsaws #jigsawpuzzle #bruegel #pieterbruegel #pieterbruegeltheelder #puzzel #pussel #yapboz #art #artlover #2000pieces #puzzle2000 #пазл #пазлы #2000деталей #photooftheday #bruegel2018 #art #artlover
  • 104 6 21 hours ago
  • Apparently 3/4 of Brueghel’s oeuvre is currently on view @kunsthistorischesmuseumvienna lots of great prints which he sold en masse at the time. Su...
  • Apparently 3/4 of Brueghel’s oeuvre is currently on view @kunsthistorischesmuseumvienna lots of great prints which he sold en masse at the time. Sujets of many of his paintings, ‘ordinary’ people identified with and hence collected his work. Probably also due to its entertainment factor. Pieter, the Elder, was the most significant Dutch Renaissance painter and sort of invented Genre painting. . . . . . #brueghel #pieterbruegeltheelder #khm #dutchpainting #renaissancepainting
  • 89 2 2 days ago
  • All over the map. Landscapes - pictures of the country - in early modern Europe. These are places for cultivation, dalliance, revelation and terror...
  • All over the map. Landscapes - pictures of the country - in early modern Europe. These are places for cultivation, dalliance, revelation and terror. For journeys. The settings for people’s experiences and endeavours. The harvesting of a wheat field, going properly to church, the safe trudge along a rutted road. These activities can have wild borders: unclimbable crags, a viciously jagged bough that’s the reminder of the storm that brought it down, the wood near Athens full of illicit sex and nasty infantile voyeurism, of satyrs, bears and forest fires. Nature can be beautiful but it’s never purely so. We need to tame it to escape its dangers - and they’re as present in many of these pictures as the figure of death lurking behind a beautiful maiden. We see all this because in the maze of galleries that makes up the Met’s suite for European paintings - always somehow uncharted territory - something remarkable has happened. Half the rooms are currently closed so their skylights can be renewed and, by compressing and rearranging, not abandoning chronology but putting more emphasis on exploratory themes, a new geography for picturing has been mapped by @keith.christiansen and his brilliant colleagues. This too has smooth roads, some rougher tracks and even, sometimes, a thrilling sense of off-road danger. The cluster of smallish rooms has become a useful tool, with every one of them framing a surprise, a chance to re-see. I hope this approach survives when the curators have more space again. It tells us more than an arrangement purely by place ever can. I loved realizing that Rubens had put himself right in the middle of his dark wood, making its paint, its obscurities and illuminations, into a battle between talented man and frightening nature. And I only did so because of the shock of its juxtaposition with paintings from north and south. 1. #janbreugheltheelder Antwerp/Brussels 1607 2. #pieterbruegeltheelder Brussels 1565 3. #pieterdemolijn Haarlem 1629 4. #peterpaulrubens Antwerp ca.1635 5. #joachimpatinir Antwerp 1512-15 6. #pierodicosimo Florence ca.1495 7. #moretto Brescia 1515-20 8. #dossodossi Ferrara 1520s-30s. All #details @metmuseum
  • 445 10 2 days ago
  • Hunters in the snow detail 1565: Bruegel created the earliest and most famous winter landscapes in Western panel painting. Four of the original six...
  • Hunters in the snow detail 1565: Bruegel created the earliest and most famous winter landscapes in Western panel painting. Four of the original six paintings in the ‘Seasons’ cycle are reunited here for the first time in 350 years #pieterbruegeltheelder #kunsthistorischesmuseumwien #genius
  • 106 7 4 days ago
  • Питер Брейгель-старший один из самых значимых представителей Фламандского Ренессанса. В этом году человечество отмечает 450 лет со дня смерти худож...
  • Питер Брейгель-старший один из самых значимых представителей Фламандского Ренессанса. В этом году человечество отмечает 450 лет со дня смерти художника, в Вене в Музее истории искусства проходит выставка, собравшая впервые такое количество работ Брейгеля вместе, а издательство TASCHEN выпустило полное собрание работ художника в большом формате. Не пропустите! #pieterbruegeltheelder #residentbook #брейгельстарший #xxl #welovetolovebooks #taschenukraine
  • 32 0 6 days ago
  • Pieter Bruegel l'Ancien, La chute des anges rebelles, 1562.
  • Pieter Bruegel l'Ancien, La chute des anges rebelles, 1562.
  • 32 2 8:47 PM Nov 13, 2018
  • Nella dinastia dei Bruegel è colui che svolta decisamente verso il barocco. Jan Bruegel il Vecchio è, a parere mio, il più grande e dotato della di...
  • Nella dinastia dei Bruegel è colui che svolta decisamente verso il barocco. Jan Bruegel il Vecchio è, a parere mio, il più grande e dotato della dinastia dei Bruegel dopo il grandissimo padre Pieter. Negli anni in cui viaggia a Milano e a Roma la sua posizione, in quanto a modernità, è del tutto paragonabile a quella di Rubens e dei Carracci. La sua cultura figurativa è quantomai composita: il gusto del dettaglio minuto del padre, o di Aertsen e Beuckelaer, ma privo di ogni elemento aneddotico, è sostituito da un acuto interesse scientifico. Forse conosce le opere di Ulisse Aldrovandi, quel che è certo è che al secco dato scientifico riesce ad abbinare il dato lirico religioso, ad Aldrovandi il cardinal Federico Borromeo. A livello pittorico questa sintesi tra dettaglio fiammingo e lirica religiosa avviene attraverso Rubens e Rubens vuol dire la trionfale pittura di timbro di Tiziano. È la via fiamminga al barocco nascente che, almeno nel caso di Jan, prescinde dalla riflessione sul classico, e si inserisce in un ideale triangolo di influssi. Gusto scientifico del dettaglio del padre Pieter, calma contemplazione del Borromeo, trionfo immaginativo di Rubens. Le sue allegorie dei sensi, a conferma del potenziale trasfigurativo dell' immaginazione, non a caso sono state interpretate in chiave alchemica. E di sicuro Jan è l' incunabolo ad almeno due generi: il paesaggio a sfondo biblico e soprattutto la natura morta #janbruegeltheelder #pieterbruegeltheelder #stilllife #allegories #baroqueart #rubens #federicoborromeo #titian #landscape #flowers #flemishart
  • 24 1 12:49 PM Nov 4, 2018
  • Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s “The Hunters in the Snow” (1565)
  • Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s “The Hunters in the Snow” (1565)
  • 14 1 3:36 AM Mar 16, 2016