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Monster With Knife by Pieter Breugel


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Amidst falling angels who have deteriorated into monsters and symbols of lust, unchastely and riotousness we find this dog-like creature, adorned with a showily turban. He too had been an angel once and his wreathed crown possibly refers to his haughty past, in which he chose to follow Lucifer in his ambition to take over God's place in heaven.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK: THE FALL OF THE REBELLIOUS ANGELS (1562)Archangel Michael is getting even with his rebellious colleague Lucifer and his followers. This story symbolizes how the decay of the church and its clergy was brought to a stand still in the 16th century.

ABOUT THE ART PERIOD: The painter Pieter Breughel the Elder (ca. 1528-1569) is mainly known as a chronicler of everyday life in the Flemish countryside with paintings such as "Proverbs" and "Children's games", but Breughel's work has another side which reminds us of Hieronymus Bosch (+1516). Like with all early artists the warning morality was a large factor. People felt they were surrounded by a hostile world filled with natural and human violence, epidemic diseases and other threats for which they had no other explanation but the hands of fate. It was left to artists and the clergy to show how destiny could be influenced favorably. Nevertheless, Breugel was lighthearted as well. He evoked a feeling of alienation by placing playful scenes before impressing and beautifully painted landscapes and with hilarious exaggeration "Pieter the funny one", as was his nickname, provoked laughter amongst his contemporaries. Part of the Parastone Museum Collection.

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9 in. x 3 in. x 3 in.

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