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  • Bruegel. Pieter the Elder, born between 1525-1530 near Bree, Belgium, Dutch by nationality, considered the greatest Flemish Painter of the 16th century. The term “the Elder” is to distinguish him from his son, also a painter. Brueghel spent most of his life between Antwerp and Brussels. He began as a copyist by imitating the work of other artists, primarily that of Hieronymous Bosch. He joined the Antwerp Guild as a master painter in 1551. Brueghel turned his interests to capturing Dutch comunity life of weddings, daily activites, farming, and celebrations. He was known as the “peasant Brueghel.” Brueghel characteristically places his figures on a backdrop of a landscape which is presented in foreground, mid-ground, and background. The viewer is looking on the scene. At first glance it seems very busy but upon closer the viewer will define the manner of organization. The art shown here is an oil on wood panel, 15 by 22 inches. It was first shown in 1565.

  • Cadmus. From Greek mythology (the Iliad) the son of Agenor and Telephassa.of Phoenicia. His sister, Europe, was carried off by Zeus, disguised a white bull, to the island of Crete. Cadmus was to search for and not return without her. He first consulted the oracle of Delphi who advised him to give up the search and instead find a place where a cow with moon-shaped mark lay down to rest. As part of the legend Cadmus slew the dragon which guarded the fountain of Dirce, in Boetia and planted the dragon’s teeth. From those teeth, armed men sprang up and surrounded Cadmus with intent to kill him. Athena spoke to Camus telling him to throw a precious stone among them. They fought amongst themselves to retrieve the stone and all were killed. Thereby the city of Thebes in Boeotia was founded. He married Harmonia, daughter of Ares and Aphrodite. The story appears in the Euripides tragedy The Baaccae. Legend has it that he introduced the alphabet into Greece. Archaeologists named them Cadmean letters as they represent sixteen simple Greek letters. In Greek tragedies, such as those of Aeschylus and Euripides, use the term Cadmeans to represent Thebans.

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