Landscape with the Fall of Icarus- Pieter Bruegel


“Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” by Pieter Bruegel (or a copy of the lost original made by him), 1558.

William Carlos Williams describes the Icarus of this painting as:

a splash quite unnoticed
this was
Icarus drowning.

W. H. Auden, focusing on the inability of everyday life to appreciate the extraordinary, writes:

In Breughel’s Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away
Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may
Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry,
But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone
As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green


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