The Procession to Calvary

I saw a painting recently and thought it was awesome, so drew a few sketches, here they are.

You may know the artist from his work on the Fleet Foxes album cover a year or two ago… or that of his father who has a similar style. Seriously though, paintings by Breughel are very rarely seen in the UK and this one is on display in the National Gallery for a little while as the Art Fund is trying to raise money to keep the picture in this country. It’s worth going along to see while you have the chance. I love the detail in these old masters, you could spend a good half-hour or more spotting different things, from the escorting soldier holding his son’s hand to the hind legs of a dog disappearing in the undergrowth, the various expressive faces treating crucifixion as social occasion, to small flicks of paint representing swans on a distant lake. You can also have a look at this link here though as ever it doesn’t beat the real thing.

 

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