Engraving and etching
Image: 31.5 x 43 cm (12 3/8 x 16 15/16 in.); Sheet: 31.5 x 43 cm (12 3/8 x 16 15/16 in.)
Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Prasse Collection 1980.104
Catalogue raisonné: Giulio Lari 11
The letters "inue" next to the artist's name, "brueghel," represented the word "inventit," Latin for "has designed it."
In the Netherlands, Pieter Bruegel’s designs for a series of large landscape prints may have relied on sketches (now lost) he made passing through the Alps in the early 1550s. This view is more a compendium of various visual characteristics of the Alps, rather than a specific place. The elevated point of view and massive, powerful cliffs and crags in the distance give way to a river valley and flat plains akin to Bruegel’s Low Countries homeland. The figures include peasants whose
mundane activities reinforce the landscape as a container for “rustic cares” (solicitudo rustica).
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