PIETER BRUEGEL

 

the Elder


1525 - 1569

 


Peasants, Fools and Demons

 

 
 
   
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Pieter Bruegel the Elder  Peasants, Fools and Demons
 
 
    Introduction
 
   
    A Brief Life in Dangerous Times
 
   
    Antwerp: a Booming City
 
   
    The Holy Family in the Snow
 
   
    Exploring the World
 
   
    Demons in Our Midst
 
   
    Village Life
 
   
    Nature as Man's Environment
 
   
    Not only Peasants
 
   
    Pieter the Droll?
 
   
    Life and Work
     
   
 

 
                          

     


 
 



 

 


Village Life
 

 

     

 

A fool is also strolling through the centre of the painting The Fight between Carnival and Lent (1559), illuminating the way of an adult couple with his burning torch, although it is daylight - an indication of the "topsy-turvy" state of the world, topsy-turvy perhaps because Catholics, depicted as skinny Lent, and Protestants, suspected of being pleasure-hungry gluttons, are vigorously feuding with each other. Bruegel has surrounded them with a wealth of traditional scenes: children at play, cripples begging, fish-sellers, churchgoers with their stools, people dressed up for processions.

 

          


The Fight between Carnival and Lent
1559

The fat Lord of the Carnival astride the barrel is intended to represent the Protestants, the melancholy, lean figure with a beehive on his head the Catholics. Bruegel is caricaturing both equally harshly. In the middle of the picture, we again see a fool leading two people; he has lit his torch, even though it is still day -symptomatic of the topsy-turvy world.

 

        

 


The Fight between Carnival and Lent (detail)
1559

 

 


The Fight between Carnival and Lent (detail)
1559

 

 

 


The Fight between Carnival and Lent (detail)
1559
 

 

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