Die Elster auf dem Galgen



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Deutsch: Die Elster auf dem Galgen
English: The Magpie on the Gallows



oil on oak


45.9 × 50.8 cm (18.1 × 20 in)

Deutsch: Der Name des Bildes bezieht sich auf die am Galgen sitzende Elster, die Klatsch und damit Verrat verkörpert. Zu Bruegels Zeiten ging die spanische Herrschaft der Niederlande gegen die neue evangelische Lehre vor – deren Anhänger mussten mit dem Tod am Galgen rechnen. Dieser Galgen ist allerdings eine sogenannte unmögliche Figur: Die beiden Stützen stehen nebeneinander, während der Querbalken von vorne nach hinten verläuft. Das niederländische Sprichwort unter dem Galgen tanzen bedeutet: „Die Gefahr nicht sehen oder verachten“. In der linken unteren Ecke verrichtet ein Mann seine Notdurft, dies bezieht sich auf: an den Galgen scheißen, es ist bewusste Missachtung von Tod und Obrigkeit
Deutsch: Scan aus: Christian Vöhringer – Pieter Bruegel. 1525/30-1569, Tandem Verlag 2007 S. 35 ISBN 978-3-8331-3852-2. Kommentar: Rose-Marie und Rainer Hagen – Pieter Bruegel d. Ä. um 1525 – 1569. Bauern, Narren und Dämonen Köln: Taschen Verlag 1999 S. 81 bis 82 ISBN 3-8228-6590-7
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