“Beating babies,” Peter Braigel the Elder, is a description of the picture
- Posted by Peter Braigel Sr
- Museum: Royal Art Assembly at Windsor Castle
- Year: 1565-1567
Description of the picture :
Beating babies – Peter Braigel the Elder. Wood, butter. 109.2 x 158.1 cm
The famous artistic masterpiece “Breakdown of Babies” was created by Peter Braigel the Elder from 1565-1567. The painting is written in the Northern Renaissance Style. Her plot is a genre scene.
Peter Braigel wrote it in Brussels. In those years, atrocities and arbitrariness from the Spanish army reigned on Dutch soil. They taught routines, killed people, did not spare babies. The artist was greatly shocked by the military events in the country and was very worried about the fate of his people. He created this picture during the revolutionary uprisings of the Dutch with Spanish Catholicism and feudalism. Its plot is based on the biblical narrative of the destruction of infants by order of King Herod. They are revered as holy martyrs who suffered for Jesus Christ. He and his parents were saved thanks to fleeing to Egypt.
The picture is very heavy for contemplation. The artist created it, fastening his soul and heart. Several times he stopped, quitting work, but thanks to patience and willpower he brought his valuable work to the end. He had tremendous performance. In the space of the multi-figure composition, red, yellow, brown, white colors are used.
The picture depicts a Dutch village in winter. She was besieged by armed people, mercenary soldiers involved in looting, robbery and robbery. They committed punitive actions against civilians on the orders of the Duke and the military chief of the Alba. This terror is inhuman. The soldiers brutally cracked down on babies.
In the distance you can see riders with weapons in ringers on horses. The squad is led by a man in black clothes, Duke of Alba. They broke into the village to exterminate the babies. Ahead of the pit filled with ice water. Izuvers are going to throw small children there. On the right and left in the picture, soldiers break into houses, look for babies and stab them with bayonets. Mothers fall unconscious on the ground. At the wall of the house, a woman in a semi-fainting state surrounded by fellow villagers who want to help her.
In the center of the composition are several hard episodes. The soldier has already grabbed the unfortunate baby and holds it with one hand. A helpless child hangs over the ground. Father probably offers the squire to exchange the baby son for her daughter. The military needs only boys. The girl understands everything and pulls her father away from the soldier. Mother stands next to her divorced hands. She begs for mercy, shocked by what is happening. In another episode, a horseman with a dog and a warrior with a sword are chasing a woman. They want her to tell where she hid the child. In the third plot, the mother weeps over the murdered baby. Her grief is great and inconsolable.
Three men ride horses, returning from hunting. A local resident begs them to stand up for fellow villagers. One of the soldiers calmly talks with people, explaining to them the tactics of the soldiers. The artist truthfully depicted a cruel, inhuman reality. Criminals are waiting for a severe punishment for sins!
The picture can be used in the museum and exhibition interiors and in the offices of public institutions.