Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Children's Games (detail), 1560

Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Children's Games (detail), 1560

6/24/2021, 1:34:43 PM
Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Children's Games (detail), 1560, Oil on panel, 118 cm × 161 cm (46 in × 63 in), Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna The games depicted in this scene are: Knucklebones: Game of very ancient origin, played with five small objects, originally the "knucklebones" (actually the astragalus: a bone in the ankle, or hock) of a sheep, which are thrown up and caught in various ways Mock baptismal: Re-enacting the procession of adults carrying home a baby just baptized. The blue hood symbolises deception ("hooding the husband" meant to cuckold him, as shown in Bruegel's Netherlandish Proverbs). Toy animal with leash: A stone dog of sorts Playing with dolls Water gun and owl on support: Shooting water at a bird Blind Man's Bluff: Blind fortune Climbing a fence: A popular pastime with neighbour's fences Handstand: There are many variations of handstands, but all that matters is balance Making hats with twigs: Basket weaving Play the "knot": Bending the body to contorted positions Playing with birds Somersault: Flipping and rolling forwards, backwards, or sideways

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