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The Land of Cockaigne (Bruegel) – Wikipedia

– Description: – Painting depicts a clerk, peasant, and soldier dozing under a table bound to a tree. – Various items are idle including the […]

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– Description:
– Painting depicts a clerk, peasant, and soldier dozing under a table bound to a tree.
– Various items are idle including the clerk’s book, papers, ink, and pen, as well as the peasants flail and soldiers lance and gauntlet.
– Half-eaten egg runs between the peasant and clerk.
– Table laden with partly consumed food and drink.
– Scene includes a roasted fowl on a silver platter, a roasted pig with a carving knife, and a knight waiting for a roasted pigeon.

– Interpretation:
– Men under the tree represent spokes of a wheel, with the tree as the hub.
– Roasted fowl symbolizes the failure of the nobleman in leadership during the Dutch Revolt.
– Painting reflects the complacency of the Netherlandish people.
– Some interpret the painting as illustrating the Freudian oral stage of psychosexual development.

– See also:
– List of paintings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

– References:
– Rudy Rucker’s notes on Bruegel’s life.
– Elaine Martin’s work on “The Land of Cockaigne” and representations of food in Bruegel’s works.
– Ross H. Frank’s interpretation of “Land of Cockaigne” by Pieter Bruegel.
– Reference to Freud’s theories in Richard Appignanesi’s work.

– Further reading:
– Book edited by Nadine M. Orenstein on Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s drawings and prints.
– Specific works by Bruegel: “The Beggars” (1568), “The Peasant and the Nest Robber” (1568), “The Blind Leading the Blind” (1568), “The Magpie on the Gallows” (1568), “The Misanthrope” (1568), “The Storm at Sea” (c.1569).

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