Tuesday, 24 May 2011


Peter Bruegel the Elder (circa 1525 - 1569), was a Flemish painter that lived in the tough years before the Dutch revolution. His is mostly known for his realistic depiction of every day people, the peasants of this period: chubby, funny figures, imperfect but humane. Unlike those ancient Greek statues with the trained bodies and divine faces. Real people, not ideal. For those figures came the characterisation "bruegel-esque", in honour of the artist that portrayed them so well.

Among his many works, Bruegel has provide us with a nice collection of sketches. These include snapshots from the everyday toil, parables and also the surreal drawings of the seven virtues and the seven deadly sins. Here follow a few of these sketches, some of which might be reminiscent of another contemporary master, Hieronymus Bosch.


The Rabbit Hunt

The Ass In The School

Every Man

Overthrow of the Magician


Seascape With A View of Antwerp



Music composed by Dead Can Dance, performed by Arcana