BRUEGEL, Pieter the Elder
(b. ca. 1525, Brogel, d. 1569, Brussel)
The Hunters in the Snow (detail)1565
Oil on panel
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
The principal motif of the painting is a group of hunters, seen from behind, bringing their catch to a village lying farther down. Their movement leads the eye over the wide winter landscape to the tiny figures sporting on the ice and the snowcapped mountains on the distant horizon.