On the road to perdition
Posted: 05 Oct 2011 @ 00:00
George Pattison sees signs of hope in the distance
FROM an early stage, the painters of the northern Renaissance showed a distinctive fascination for the grotesque, almost revelling in depicting ugly, weird, or contorted bodies, both human and supernatural. Sometimes, this results in an art that seems to be almost without mercy, and even positively cruel.
So, here, in Bruegel’s painting of the Parable of the Blind, we are shown a troop of half-a-dozen blind men journeying through the Flemish countryside, possibly a familiar sight ...
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