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Parable of the Sower

Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Parable of the Sower

Pieter Bruegel the Elder
  • Original Title: De gelijkenis van de zaaier
  • Date: 1557; Antwerp, Netherlands 
  • Style: Northern Renaissance
  • Period: Antwerp Period (1554-1562)
  • Genre: religious painting
  • Media: oil, panel
  • Tag: parables-of-Jesus
  • Dimensions: 73.7 x 102.9 cm

This painting of the parable of the sower from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke is among the earliest signed paintings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Bruegel left Antwerp in 1553 to study in Italy, and on his return made drawings of the Alps, which influenced the detail and aerial perspective of the landscape in this painting.

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