Saturday, November 10, 2018

Bruegel's Mad Meg

This intriguing, disturbing, chaotic painting shows Dulle Griet - Mad Meg - leading a legion of peasant women as they attack the corrupt forces at the mouth of hell. For some historical background on how the painting was social commentary on the pillaging of Europe by armed forces and the people's revenge, see this article in The Guardian.

Dulle Griet (Mad Meg) - Pieter Bruegel

Dulle Griet (Mad Meg) - Peter Breugel, 1563

I've written an ekphrastic poem called "Me Too, 1563" which is based on this painting. I'll link to it here once it finds a home.