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Bruegel's "Corn Harvest" Painting Shows Meadow Ballgame
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"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."
From John Thorn, "Play's the Thing," Woodstock Times, December 28, 2006. See <a href="file:///E:/DOCUME~1/Larry/Local%20Settings/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.IE5/C9MVW96J/thornpricks.blogspot.com/2006/12/bruegel-and-me_27.html">thornpricks.blogspot.com/2006/12/bruegel-and-me_27.html,</a> accessed 1/30/07.
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