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Comparison Of Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus

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Pieter Brueghel was a 16th century Netherlandish Renaissance painter who completed “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” in 1558. His painting was inspired by the ancient Greek myth of Daedalus and Icarus. William Carlos Williams, a Puerto-Rican American poet, wrote a poem inspired by Brueghel’s work in 1960 similarly titled “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus”. There is a common theme displayed in both works which both execute and establish this theme with different visual and literary connotations and strengths using differing amounts of information provided through their artistic mediums. which create an effectiveness with the end-all goal being to explain that time will pass by regardless of what is going on in an individual's world even if they want it all to stop at once.
The painting lays a scene of a landscape of an Island territory and several different people and animals. In the eye catching foreground “we see a farmer herding a large amount of animals” their focus is darted to the left of the painting. we will come to learn that all mentioned figures and objects in the painting have a visual focus to facing to the left, as our eyes draw towards the right and farther out we notice off in the “distance you see an image of the fisherman off to the coast (a pair of legs submersed in water as well not too far off). In the north you see a ship that seems to dwarf them both in size and space.” With this we can draw the connection that this relates to the idea that time
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