Pieter Bruegel's "Children’s Games" - 1560 Postcard
Classic Renaissance Painting: Kids, Toys, Games. A classic artwork that has passed into the public domain and makes wonderful gifts and other products.
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Bruegel loved to cram many busy figures into his paintings. This is one of his more whimsical works (in that it does not involve toil, gloom or death) and in it he captures close to 100 games of his time. He is said to have tried to include every child's game he knew. On a deeper level many scholars suggest that the lack of adults in the picture indicates a broader moral or message he is sending, essentially that the social disorder of the time was parallel in many ways to the irresponsible and fantasy play of children.
Bruegel (1525-1569) was a Dutch Renaissance painter whose works include Landscape with the Fall of Icarus (circa 1558), The Tower of Babel (1563), as well as his famous peasant scenes. Also known as "Peasant Bruegel," he was father to Pieter Brueghel the Younger and Jan Brueghel the Elder, and uncle to Jan Brueghel the Younger.
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