Olga's Gallery

Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus.

1555. Oil transferred from panel to canvas. Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Read Note.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Landscape with the Fall of Icarus.

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus. The literary source is the myth about the great Greek engineer Daedalus, who, as a slave, worked for King Minos at Crete, and among other things constructed the famous Labyrinth for him. His most passionate desire was to get freedom, he constructed wings for his son, Icarus, and himself to fly away from Crete. Icarus ignored his father’s warning not to fly high; there the sun melted the wax, which fastened the feathers of the wings, and Icarus fell into the sea. Only the legs of Icarus could be seen in the right bottom corner of the painting. The painting also refers to the Flemish proverb ‘No plough stops because a man dies’.