Aldrichimica Acta

Aldrichimica Acta Volume 51, No. 2
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Aldrichimica Acta 2018, Vol. 51, No. 2

Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568–1625)

River Landscape, 1607

Painting Clues:

Brueghel the Elder’s breadth of artistic interests and abilities is rarely found in a single artist. His compositions ranged from flower and animal paintings (check out his painting Two Squirrels that graced the cover of Aldrichimica Acta 42.1, 2009), to various types of landscape and garland paintings, as well as several other genres. He excelled in all, which earned him several nicknames: “Velvet” Brueghel, “Flower” Brueghel, and “Paradise” Brueghel.

His landscapes often included common themes that Brueghel employed to state and reinforce societal, political, or religious messages or commentaries. For example, compare his painting River Bank or Figures Dancing on the Bank of a River with the one featured on the cover of this issue of the Aldrichimica Acta. In this regard, could the motif of the dead fish in the lower left-hand corner of River Landscape represent the ephemeral nature of life and the need to lead one’s life wisely and virtuously?

Detail from River Landscape. Photo courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

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