Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, c.1555 (oil on canvas) after Bruegel, Pieter the Elder (Musees Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels)

A temporary post to let regular readers know I shall be offline for a little while — but not to worry! I shall return in due course with, hopefully, further goodies. Like Icarus in Pieter Bruegel’s painting my disappearance will hardly be noticed in the general scheme of things — but, unlike Icarus, I hope to swim back to the land of blogging. The odd post has been scheduled for my absence, but don’t be surprised if you don’t get any immediate feedback to your responses …

Joos de Momper: Landscape with the fall of Icarus [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( via Wikimedia Commons]

Momper’s painting is the Before that precedes Bruegel’s After; apparently he was a fan of Bruegel, but I prefer the original to this more lukewarm interpretation. Maybe you disagree?


31 thoughts on “Break

    1. Icarus’ fate is supposed to be a warning, isn’t it — do what you’re told, don’t overreach yourself — or is it just meant to underline the tragedy of youth?

      Yes, I prefer the Breugel too!

    1. I’m not surprised your mom liked it, it’s definitely mesmerising: that flash of red in the ploughman’s clothing catches the eye first, then all the other details draw you in (including poor Icarus).

  1. Just like Bruegel, you are an original and your absence will be noted and sorely missed.

    I have a copy of Bruegel’s piece in my living room to remind myself not to take life so seriously. I do hope your break is just that, and not something to worry about.
    I wish you and yours all the best.

    1. Thanks, Sari, we’re in a spa hotel in the ancient city of Aix en Provence, so lots of open-air swimming and swanning around the old quarter is called for!

      Good to find another fan of Bruegel’s enigmatic painting too. 🙂

    1. Gut feeling tells us the Bruegel is a cut above, Helen, or so I believe! And unlike his Hunters in the Snow painting, where we are is a balmy 25C in the shade, so no wrapping up warm is necessary!

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