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As Above, So Below: A Novel of Peter Bruegel

3.56  ·  Rating Details  ·  9 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Peter Bruegel's paintings---a peasant wedding in a barn, hunters in the snow, a rollicking street festival, and many others---have long defined our idea of everyday life in sixteenth century Europe. They are classic icons of a time and place in much the same way as Norman Rockwell's depictions of twentieth-century America. We know relatively little about Bruegel, but after ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published November 15th 2003 by Forge Books
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Matthew Felix
Feb 12, 2012 Matthew Felix rated it liked it
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Very fascinating fictional account of Peter Bruegel's life. Several famous paintings by the master were cleverly employed to propel the plot. However, the stories got somewhat way too far-fetched. The author, obviously no artist, gave a pedestrian account of how inspirations and commissions came to Bruegel and the depictions of process of creations were less than inspired. The most serious flaw was the repetitive expositions (historical information best feed in through footnotes here) and the st ...more
Dec 15, 2011 Ann rated it really liked it
It was very interesting to read about the source of paints in the 16th century and how they were produced. I particularly enjoyed learning how Breugel planned his paintings and their hidden meanings, epecially those paintings I've seen and like. I would have given the book 5 stars if the factual information of Breugel's life had been footnoted or highlighted in some way from the fictional part of the story. Beyond being entertained (I was!), I'd like to really know.
Jack Coleman
Mar 11, 2011 Jack Coleman rated it really liked it
Intriguing look into the life of one of survivors of the middle ages. Painting secular themes
back When that was a risk as most artists earned their daily bread by creating for the church.
Little is known of Peter Bruegel but this fictonal dramatization brings him to life with great skill.
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