JAN BRUEGEL THE ELDER

Latona and the Lycian Peasants

1601

Oil on Oakwood
Inv. No. 1113

36.7 × 55.3 cm

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On account of his meticulous representation of flora and fauna, this artist was also known as “Flower Bruegel” and “Paradise Bruegel”. He painted Latona and the Lycian Peasants in 1601, soon after he had returned from Italy and established himself as a leading painter in
Antwerp. His theme is an episode from Ovid’s Metamorphoses: Peasants harvesting their crops prevent Latona, a mistress of Zeus, from drawing water for herself and her children. When she curses them, they turn into frogs.
Bruegel describes the figures and their transformation in just as skilful and vivid a manner as he does the shadowy swamp in the woods and the view of the landscape in the distance.
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