Friday, June 16, 2017

The Preaching of St. John (1566)

The Preaching of St. John (1566)
Pieter Bruegel the Elder ca. 1520 – 1569
oil on panel (95 × 161 cm) — 1566
Matthew 3:7 - But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Bruegel would often use biblical themes to depict village-life as he knew it. This is another fine example. The viewer's attention is first drawn to the figures in the foreground, then to the river in the background and only then to John the Baptist, wearing a garment of camel hair.

The painting was created when the Iconoclast raged in the Low Countries and Protestant clergymen were touring the country, stopping in places to call for Reformation. This painting may have been inspired by one such meeting.
>>>> John the Baptist

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