Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel the Elder


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Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel the Elder Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Title: Hunters in the Snow

Artist: Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c1525 – 1569)

Nationality: Flemish

Completion Date: 1565

Style: Northern Renaissance

Genre: Genre Painting

Media: Oil on Canvas

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

In his typical peasant genre with landscape scene, Hunters in the Snow is one in a series of six (five surviving) paintings by Brueghel depicting the different seasons of the year. The scene is of hunters returning with their dogs from an unsuccessful hunting expedition. Scientists have used his portrayal of the wintry scene to corroborate evidence on the severity of the Little Ice Age, during which the painting was created. Also created during a time of religious revolution in the Netherlands, Brueghel is giving us a secular illustration of what country life should look like.

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About Jez Farmer

I am a freelance writer and poet and started writing after raising my two boys as a way of discovering just who Jez is. That is still very much an on-going project but the journey so far has introduced me to many wonderful friends and fellow writers through an ever growing love of poetry.
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