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The Adoration of the Kings in the Snow

Pieter Bruegel the Elder

The Adoration of the Kings in the Snow

Pieter Bruegel the Elder
  • Original Title: De Aanbidding van de Koningen in de sneeuw
  • Date: 1567; Brussels, Belgium 
  • Style: Northern Renaissance
  • Period: Brussels Period (1563-1569)
  • Genre: genre painting, religious painting
  • Media: panel, tempera
  • Tag: Christianity, Christmas, cottages-and-farmhouses
  • Dimensions: 35 x 55 cm
  • Order Oil Painting
    reproduction

Bruegel has shifted the Adoration from the centre to the left-hand edge of the picture, depicting it rather indistinctly behind a curtain of snow. The work is characterized not by the religious motif but by a natural event and the life of the people in a village in wintertime. It is possible that we have here the first painting in the history of European art to depict falling snow.

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