Photographer's Note

ode to Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525-1569)


"Pieter Breughel the Elder
would rise up from the dead
to look upon the world.
Was blood still a fiery red?
Would there be peace at last?"

- Wannes Van de Velde
(translated from Dutch)


DE BLIK VAN BRUEGEL ("The Regard of Bruegel") is a walk inspired by the work of Pieter Bruegel the Elder. It's in the countryside just west Brussels, an area Bruegel knew very well. In fact, the starting point of the walk is a small church that Bruegel included on one of his paintings ("The Parable of the Blind", a.k.a. "The Blind Leading the Blind").

The walk is part of the current Bruegel commemoration year and can be done until 31 October.


THIS PICTURE shows a work by Filip Dujardin. It's a huge fake rock, not unlike some of the features you see in Bruegel's paintings.

Landscapes in paintings by Bruegel are usually imaginary landscapes, combining elements from various existing landscapes into one virtual setting. So you could see, for instance, Alpine mountains set in the Brabant countryside with a bit of the Mediterranean in the background too.


song title reference: "Pieter Breughel in Brussel" (Wannes Van de Velde)

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