Tag Archives: Pieter Bruegel

repackaging the old

This is a re-pack theme article, worthy of the Wailing Wall beseech-me and lamentation category of hand-wringing and naval gazing that is a regular feature of the Israel press. A staple of subtle invidious comparison and its presentation as a … Continue reading

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have utopia will travel

and to the nightmare. Dissatisfied with the world as it exists, people have always tried to imagine the world as it might become. Time, though, seems to have darkened out utopian visions in more ways than one…. For nearly two … Continue reading

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leading the blind

Different stages of falling. Trust, surprise and then shock. The Church in the background is a symbol to invoke the risks in straying from the church? Perhaps.¬† Bruegel demonstrates that the natural, uncivilized realm of man is a constituent element … Continue reading

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haywain: pulling at straws of pessimism

The Haywain by Hieronymus Bosch is almost as complex as the Garden of Earthly Delights. It carries a similar message; that of desperate pessimism. Even in the darkest of the Christian books of the Bible Hell exists for the damned, … Continue reading

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Will the last one turn out the lights

Separating the saints from the sinners is being a much more protracted process than was initially foreseen. Due to an unheralded demand, there will at least be a second sitting for the Last Supper.After all, we’ve been on tenterhooks,a seemingly … Continue reading

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sammy’s gone.real gone: return of the hunters

The distant is in the near.The hunt is somewhat of a cultural gauge. There are always subtle shifts in the hunting motif. From brutal and tiring affair to the trappings of ritual, pomp and circumstance, the trophy has always assumed … Continue reading

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go to hell: gimme shelter

It was the profoundly pessimistic, mad, hopeless, irredeemable, almost insane world of Hieronymus Bosch. Very few paintings in the history of art have so puzzled viewers as the enigmatic, “The Garden of Earthly Delights”; in our own hedonistic, instantly gratifying … Continue reading

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growing up absurd: disavowals of innocence

In Jan Miense Molenaer’s “The Smoker” from the 1620’s, viewers have an up-close regard on merrymakers, where children are inserted as metaphors for adult behavior. There is a capturing of the spirit of the figures through actions and facial expressions.The … Continue reading

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bosch: strawberry fields nor ever

A cursing of those fanatical, demented, crazed…tormentors and executioners….The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch has certainly puzzled viewers. It is one of the most mysterious and enigmatic paintings ever done. Only five hundred years later has its meaning … Continue reading

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free slaves on the ship of fools

Or stories about people sailing around their soul. Was Hieronymus Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights” as puzzling as it claims to be. Perhaps only now, in our era of instant gratification, impatience for pleasure and fascination for a world in … Continue reading

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