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<p>"We had paused right in front of … <p>"We had paused right in front of [the Flemish artist] Bruegel the Elder's "Corn Harvest" (1565), one of the world's great paintings of everyday life . . . .[M]y eye fell upon a tiny tableau at the left-center of the painting in which young men appeared to be playing a game of bat and ball in a meadow distant from the scything and stacking and dining and drinking that made up the foreground. . . . There appeared to be a man with a bat, a fielder at a base, a runner, and spectators as well as participants in waiting. The strange device opposite the batsman's position might have been a catapult. As I was later to learn with hurried research, this detain is unnoted in the art-history studies."</p>
<p>From John Thorn, "Play's the Thing," <em>Woodstock</em> <em>Times</em>, December 28, 2006. See <a>thornpricks.blogspot.com/2006/12/bruegel-and-me_27.html,</a> accessed 1/30/07.</p> tml,</a> accessed 1/30/07.</p>