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The Fall of Icarus - Peter Brueghel the Elder. 73.5 x 112 cm

The magnificent work of painting "The Fall of Icarus" was created by Dutch artist Peter Brueghel the Elder. This combination of an amazing landscape with a mythological genre scene opens up a fresh, deep view of the world. The flight of Icarus symbolizes the high flight of creative imagination, thoughts, new discoveries, achievements, victories and the eternal pursuit of truth.

The plot of the picture is interesting and unusual! Peter Bruegel enthusiastically plunged into Greek mythology, first depicting oil on a tree, later on the canvas the dramatic plot of the fall and death of Icarus. The young man, along with his father, the inventor of tools Daedalus, was captured by the king of the island of Crete. Wanting to be saved, the father made wings for himself and his son. The path lay across the sea. Father was very worried about Icarus and before the flight warned him that he had to be careful and not to fly very high. The feathers were held together by ordinary wax and the sun could melt them. But in flight, Icarus really wanted to see the sun closer. He made a jerk upward, right to the red-hot bright star, the wax that bound the feathers of the beautiful wings melted, Icarus fell right into the sea and drowned.

In the foreground of the picture is a plowman walking behind a plow. A shepherd stands on a hill and grazes sheep. On the seashore, a fisherman is fishing. Icarus after the fall almost disappeared under the water, only his legs are visible. Feathers swirl in the air above the waves. No one notices a drowning youth. Everyone is busy with their own affairs. There is no father nearby and no one is in a hurry to help him. A ship is passing by, but the crew of sailors is looking the other way.

Only one partridge sitting on a branch off the coast noticed that Icarus was drowning. The goddess Athena turned Perdix, the nephew of his father, into a bird after Daedalus pushed his relative from the top of the Athenian fortress. The partridge calmly and calmly looked at the death of Icarus and in his heart rejoiced at his death. In this plot, there is an oppressive and gloomy retribution for his father’s wild act.

The master of the brush conveyed in the picture all the important episodes of the Greek myth. He used the beautiful coloring of colors and the technique of valera. The artist paid much attention to the harmony of light and the tranquility of the shadow. His creation is brilliant and unsurpassed! A special place in it is occupied by the sun, a huge red-yellow ball with a white and pink tint. It shines with its rays, "breathing" fiery heat over the alpine mountains. The sun sets over the horizon, attracting gaze. It was this heavenly luminary who became the culprit of the death of Icarus. The golden glow of its reflections shimmers on the water, giving the landscape a unique charm.

The picture gives a desire for light, creativity, infinity of the Universe and life creation. It carries a deep philosophical meaning.


Watch the video: Fall of Icarus (May 2022).