Details of Pieter Bruegel’s Massacre of the Innocents.
When I was making these I realized all the fantastic things I miss when I just see it. The way the horse’s tail is tied in a bow, the way that Bruegel frames the bodies of animals and men alike. The lack of outright blood and gore, but still omnipresent violence and the threat of it everywhere, hemmed in with the most lovely, peaceful looking rooftops and skyline. The sky alone could be looked at for quite some time, in my opinion. The delicate hues of pink, the richness of his browns, the touches of blue, the harshness of the green against the winter village setting, even the cold glint of armor- a wonderful whirlwind.
Thank you for introducing me to this painting – and you are right, a violent depiction without a drop of blood or gore. Genius.
Many of Bruegel’s paitings – if not most – were allegorical weren’t they? This one interprets an incident told in the Bible but I wonder if there are any symbolic touches in it?