A Woodland Road with Travelers

Jan Brueghel the Elder Netherlandish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 613

Jan, who was born shortly before the death of his famous father, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, advanced the genre of Northern landscape painting beyond his paternal legacy. In this refined, well-preserved panel, the vast depth of the landscape is balanced by an attention to the humanity of the peasant subjects and their humble tasks in the foreground. The juxtaposition of the living and the dead—the lush woods with a fallen, dead tree and the working animals with a horse’s skeleton—reflects the mortality of all living things and their eventual return to the earth.

A Woodland Road with Travelers, Jan Brueghel the Elder (Netherlandish, Brussels 1568–1625 Antwerp), Oil on wood

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