- Pieter Bruegel the Elder lived during the C16th.
- Pieter Bruegel the Elder died in Brussels, capital of modern Belgium.
- This mountaneous landscape was painted when Pieter Bruegel the Elder was visiting Italy. He is considered to be one of the greatest painters of Italian landscapes.
- Pieter Bruegel the Elder also painted ordinary people going about their daily lives. One of his famous paintings is The Wedding Dance. He also painted a panel illustrating Children's Games.
- Pieter Bruegel the Elder was influenced by the painter Hieronymus Bosch.
- Mayken van Aelst’s father, Pieter Coecke van Aelst, was a painter and art teacher. Pieter Bruegel the Elder was one of his pupils.
- Pieter Brueghel the Younger worked at copying the works of his father. His brother Jan Brueghel the Elder predominantly painted flowers.
- Mayken Verhulst was the maternal grandmother of Pieter Brueghel the Younger and Jan Brueghel the Elder. After their father died the boys went to live with her and it is believed she was their first art teacher.
- The child is David Teniers 111, great grandson of Pieter Brueghel the Elder. The woman is his mother Anna Brueghel, granddaughter of Pieter Brueghel the Elder.
- The painting is by Pieter Brueghel the Elder and titled Landscape with the Fall of Icarus. It appeared in the David Bowie film The Man Who Fell to Earth.
- I accidentally wrote that Jan Brueghel the Elder was married to Maria (called 'Mayken') Coecke van Aelst. Mayken was actually his mother. Oops.
ANZAC DAY: 25th APRIL— LEST WE FORGET
Anzac Day is one of Australia’s most important national commemorative occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. It is one of the days we officially remember all the men and women who have been involved in a war and especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Ode of Remembrance
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning
We will remember them.
We will remember them.
(Ref: The Ode of Remembrance is taken from For the Fallen by the English poet and writer Laurence Binyon. The poem was published in London in the Winnowing Fan: Poems of the Great War in 1914. The verse, which became the League Ode, was already used in association with commemoration services in Australia in 1921.