Iconography of Pieter Bruegel the Elder


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What was the meaning of Bruegel's 'Children's Games'?

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1. What is the scene being depicted in 'The Fight Between Carnival and Lent'?

2. What does 'The Fight Between Carnival and Lent' represent?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

Pieter Bruegel's paintings of Dutch peasant life are filled with images and details rooted in proverbs and folk wisdom of the day. This quiz/worksheet combo helps you understand Bruegel's style and themes, and the messages that critics have drawn from some of his major works.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The interpretation of The Fight Between Carnival and Lent
  • Common themes in Bruegel's paintings
  • Bruegel's critiques of human nature
  • Aspects of popular culture depicted in Bruegel's paintings
  • Sources of Bruegel's imagery

Skills Practiced

These assessments allow you to practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on the art of Pieter Bruegel the Elder
  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of Bruegel's art to explain the role of proverbs in his paintings
  • Making connections - examine how Bruegel uses contrasts in imagery to display aspects of human nature

Additional Learning

To learn more about Bruegel's art, review the accompanying lesson, The Iconography of Pieter Bruegel the Elder. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the use of imagery and symbolism in Northern Renaissance art
  • Describe the use of everyday scenes in Pieter Bruegel's paintings
  • Explain Bruegel's roles as storyteller and critic
  • Describe how Bruegel engaged a 16th century audience