Olga's Gallery

Pieter Bruegel the Elder

The Magpie on the Gallows.

1568. Oil on panel. Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, Germany. Read Note.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The Magpie on the Gallows.

The Magpie on the Gallows is also an allegorical painting. Keith Roberts considers that “it refers to the transience of pleasure, and the threat of extinction which hangs over all mortals. The gallows are a memento mori, which throws a long shadow over the gaiety of the peasants’ dance and the beauty of the sunlit landscape’.