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Landscape with the Fall of Icarus

Medium: 
Painting
Year: 
1558
Art Period: 
Renaissance
Dimensions: 
73.5 cm x 112 cm (28.9 in × 44.1 in)

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus is a painting in oil on canvas long thought to be by Pieter Bruegel. However, following technical examinations in 1996 that attribution is regarded as very doubtful, and the painting is now usually seen as a good early copy by an unknown artist of Bruegel's original, perhaps painted in the 1560s, although recent technical research has re-opened the question.

Largely derived from Ovid, the painting is described in W. H. Auden's famous poem Musée des Beaux-Arts, named after the museum in which the painting is housed in Brussels, and became the subject of a poem of the same name by William Carlos Williams, as well as Lines on Bruegel's "Icarus" by Michael Hamburger.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder