Talk:Landscape with the Fall of Icarus

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"The painting seems to depict humankind's indifference to suffering by highlighting the ordinary events which continue to occur, despite the unobserved death of the mythic figure Icarus, who is seen drowning in the bottom right area of the sea." - This seems to be a better description of the W.H. Auden poem's attitude toward the painting than the painting itself. For example, in the article on the Auden poem, it says "Art historians maintain that for Brueghel, Icarus was an example of foolishness, not suffering, but Auden was writing the poem as a 20th-century observer, not a scholar." which seems contradictory to the above assertion.

Reasonable point, but in this case de Vries, Lyckle, "Bruegel's "Fall of Icarus" (see further reading), analyzing art historical coverage, finds that Auden's interpretation has largely been accepted by art historians as reflecting at least part of the artist's intention. I hope to add to the article on this. One can both be foolish and suffer, indeed the point was that one followed the other. Johnbod (talk) 13:58, 24 July 2013 (UTC)

You can argue that the humans are ignoring the whole scene and, as Icarus did, ignoring Daedalus's advice, i.e. not heeding the moral not to aim too high or too low (this is true of the human race, hence the existence of the story). Or you can argue they are minding their own business and being industrious, which is a good thing. I don't think the shepherd is looking at Daedalus still aloft - the ploughman and fisherman are pointedly NOT doing that. Otoh, the shepherd is not appearing to be very industrious. Perdix is in the painting, note, nephew of Daedalus. Daedalus had murdered him out of jealousy at his precocious genius, so Perdix had become a partridge. Vince Calegon 11:23, 20 February 2016 (UTC)

Th fall of icarus painting.[edit]

Who did that painting? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 152.106.240.10 (talk) 09:57, 6 May 2009 (UTC)

van Buuren[edit]

The second version of the painting housed by Van Buuren Museum in Brussels does not display Icarus on the air. In this painting, which is much smaller (90x63 cm), Icarus is still in the sea; the flying figure is his father Deadelus. Besides this copy is an oil-on-wood as opposed to the original oil-on-canvas painting.--Berkanulu (talk) 12:01, 17 March 2010 (UTC)