Brueghel and Bosch

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We recently travelled to Belgium, Germany and Holland and went to see the exhibition “Brueghel’s Witches”, at the Saint Jones Hospital, in Bruges. I thought it was interesting how the first’s artistic representation of witches are still the same stereotypes that accompanies us nowadays.

After returning  home I thought how similar was Brueghel’s and Bosch´s drawings over the same subjects. In fact, between 1555 and 1563, Brueghel made many designs for engravings in the style or manner of Hieronymus Bosch (ca. 1453–1516).

There was a strong market demand for those types of ¨weird designs¨ at that time: mythological, religious, surreal forms, strange combinations of men and animal´s, witches, insects and surrealistic specimens.

The seven sins prints follows the same compositional scheme, with the personification of the vice accompanied by a symbolic animal in the foreground. Brueghel´s design was similar to Bosch and both had an assortment of fantastic creatures. Both also paint the deadly sins and the hell.

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For those visiting Madrid, after checking Bosch, check also the fantastic painting of Brueghel´s, ¨The Triumph of Death¨, at Museo del Prado.

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Author: Susana Rapallo

Susana Rapallo sketches about her experiences as a Brazilian artist living in Madrid. Her blog is an illustrated journey of traveling and exploring art.

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