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Inside Bruegel: The Play of Images in Children's Games
by Edward Snow
In this brilliant, original and lavishly illustrated book, Edward Snow undertakes an inquiry into a single painting by the Flemish master Peter Bruegel the Elder—the kaleidoscopic Children's Games—in order to unlock the secrets of the great painter's art.
ebook, 248 pages
Published November 30th 1997 by North Point Press
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Much enjoyed this slow walk through Bruegel's painting, Children's Games, and the accompanying argument for letting intuition and knowledge of human nature guide readings of old paintings, alongside historical and art-historical knowledge (though Snow is very critical of art historians). In his reading, Bruegel is a visual Shakespeare who does his thinking through images and whose paintings' meanings cannot be summed up in moralistic or allegoric terms. Snow's language leans toward the ponderous ...more
oh to have been able to have read this while sitting in front of the actual painting. still, this just exploded bruegel's painting for me, taught me how to read his magnificent creations, that continue to reflect meaningfully on our lives over half a century later. this is a great book for art-lover parents who like to see the wonders of life mirrored in the actions of their children.