Inventory number
P01433
Author
Brueghel “the Elder”, Jan
Title
Landscape with Wagons
Chronology
1603
Technique
Oil
Support
Panel
Dimensions
33 cm x 43 cm
School
Flemish
Theme
Landscape
On display
No
Provenance
Royal Collection

Highwaymen seem to have stopped a wagon with travelers in the midst of a barren landscape. More wagons and travelers on foot appear along the trail in the background.

This work is difficult to interpret. It may just as well represent a violent assault as a simple everyday scene in a landscape. At any rate, it shows how Brueghel composed this sort of scene on the basis of various planes that reach back into the distance. The grey sky in the background has an opening through which light reaches some of the hills, adding to the feeling of perspective.

 
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