Peter Bruegel’s painting “Adoration of the Magi in the winter landscape” is based on a well-known biblical story, popular in Western European art.
In the work of Bruegel, the winter landscape of the painting goes back to the realities of Dutch painting. In Peter Breughel’s painting “Adoration of the Magi in the winter landscape,” the viewer’s attention is focused on the winter landscape and on people fleeing winter cold.
The whole square of the painting by Peter Brueghel the Elder is filled with a winter landscape with snow and clear silhouettes of bare trees, with many figures of fussy people, and only somewhere in the lower left corner are the Magi worshiping the Infant. If you do not know the name of the picture, then it’s rather difficult to see the evangelical plot in this snow-covered Dutch landscape.
The picture “The Census in Bethlehem” also tells in detail about the world of 16th-century Dutch peasants: about children playing on ice, about village architecture, and bent under the weight of carpentry tools, Joseph and Maria, wrapped in a dense gray veil, are no different from people, gathered in the square, and not immediately noticeable.