The British Museum's collections, £16.99
Height: 236.000 mm
Width: 333.000 mm (top corners made up)
PD 1909-4-6-1 (Popham 1)
Prints and Drawings
Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Landscape with a fortified town, a drawing
Signed and dated AD 1553
In the centre rises a large castle set in a hilly landscape. The castle is surrounded by churches and houses and the city is ringed by high walls and towers. Above is a stormy sky with dramatic clouds swirling and sweeping over the city. Outside the city walls country life is evident in the flocks of sheep, herds of cattle and rural figures going about their tasks. On the left we can see the outline of a gallows with a body hanging from the arm.
to be an imaginary landscape which was probably designed for an
Pieter Bruegel I or the Elder was the founder of a family of South Netherlandish artists and one of the greatest artists of sixteenth-century Europe. He combined religion, folklore and knowledge of the classical world in an amusing and moral view of the world which has remained popular to this day.
W.S. Gibson, Bruegel (Thames and Hudson, 1997)
H. Mielke, Pieter Bruegel, Die Zeichnunge (Brepols, Turnhout, 1998)
J.O. Hand (ed.), The age of Bruegel: Netherland (National Gallery of Art, Washington DC & Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, 1986, 1987)