Animals embarking on Noah barge
Medium: oil on board
Location: Musee des Beaux-Arts, Pau, Francie
Dimensions: 54,6 x 83,8
The heavens and the earth in the painting are filled with a flood of animals. Fighting, playing, crawling, flying and swimming; they all follow Noah to the ark in the distance. Various animal species appear on the canvas - from huge elephants to tiny turtles and hamsters depicted in the foreground. Bats and birds cross the sky and gradually disappear into the distance, where the bright sky promises a better future. The story of Noah's Ark provided Pieter Brueghel
with an excellent subject for rendering, befitting his brilliant powers of detailed depiction. God, angered by the menacing nature of the human race, decided to wipe out all creatures on earth with a global flood. The only lives he wanted to spare were those of Noah and his family, the only righteous people on earth. According to the Old Testament, the Lord commanded Noah to build an ark, on the board of which he was to take one female and one male of each species. The inspiration for this painting was Brueghel's
collection of Archduke Albert's exotic animals.
Brueghel painted picture Animals embarking on Noah barge in 1613. Prevailing color of this fine art print is vivid and its shape is landscape. Original size is 54,6 x 83,8. This art piece is located in Musee des Beaux-Arts, Pau, Francie. This image is printed on demand - you can choose material, size and finishing.Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568-1625).
Flemish painter. Son of Pieter Brueghel the Elder
and father of Jan Brueghel the Younger
. He is famous for his still life paintings with flowers (one of them can even be found in Prague). For his favourite theme, he is called "flowery" Brueghel, and possibly for his favourite material, he is also called "velvety." Unlike his brother Pieter Brueghel the Younger
, he developed a personalized and nuanced style of painting, distinct from his father’s. Many of his paintings originated through collaborations with other artists (for example, he painted figures into other artist’s landscapes and vice versa).