The painting “The Fall of Icarus”, Peter Braigel the Elder – Description

The painting “The Fall of Icarus”, Peter Braigel the Elder – Description
The painting "The Fall of Icarus", Peter Braigel the Elder - Description - 1

  • Posted by Peter Braigel Sr
  • Museum: Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Brussels
  • Year: 1558

Description of the picture :

The fall of Icarus is Peter Braigel the Elder. Canvas, wood. 73.5 x 112 cm

   The magnificent work of painting “The Fall of Ikara” was created by the Dutch artist Peter Braigel the Elder. The painting is written in the style of the Northern Renaissance. This combination of an amazing landscape with a mythological genre scene opens up a fresh, deep view of the world. The flight of Icarus symbolizes a high flight of creative imagination, thoughts, new discoveries, achievements, victories and an eternal desire for truth.

   The plot of the picture is interesting and unusual! Peter Braigel enthusiastically plunged into Greek mythology, first depicting oil on a tree, later on the canvas a dramatic plot of the fall and death of Icarus. The young man, along with his father, the inventor of tools, Daedalus, was captured by the king of Crete Island. Wanting to be saved, his father made his wings and son. The path lay across the sea. Father was very worried about Ikara and before the flight warned him that you need to be careful and not take off very high. The feathers were sealed with ordinary wax and the sun could melt them. But in flight, Icarus really wanted to see the sun closer. He made a jerk up, right to the hot bright light, wax, bending the feathers of beautiful wings, melted, Icarus fell right into the sea and drowned.

   In the foreground of the picture is a plowman walking behind a plow. There is a shepherd on the hill and grazes sheep. On the seashore, a fisherman catches fish. Icarus after the fall was almost hiding under water, only his legs are visible. Feathers spin in the air above the waves. No one notices a drowning young man. Everyone is busy with their own affairs. There is no father nearby and no one is in a hurry to help him. A ship is sailing past, but the crew of the sailors is looking the other way.

   Only one partridge sitting on a branch off the coast noticed that Icarus was drowning. The goddess Athena turned into the bird of Perdix, the nephew of his father after Daedalus pushed his relative from the top of the Athenian fortress. The partridge calmly and calmly looked at the death of Icarus and in his soul rejoiced at his death. In this story there is oppressive and gloomy retribution for the wild act of his father.

   The master of the brush conveyed in the picture all the important episodes of the Greek myth. He used a beautiful color color and valer technique. The artist paid great attention to the harmony of light and the calm of the shadow. His creation is brilliant and unsurpassed! A special place in it is occupied by the sun, a huge red-yellow ball with a white-pink hue. It shines with its rays, “breathing” fire heat over the Alpine mountains. The sun sets beyond the horizon, attracting eyes to itself. It was this heavenly luminary that became the culprit of the death of Icarus. The golden glow of his reflections is poured on the water, giving the landscape a unique charm.

   The picture gives a desire for light, creativity, infinity of the Universe and life creation. It carries a deep philosophical meaning.