Gatekeeper Statue by Pieter Breugel 7.5H -
This Gatekeeper figurine is an adaptation of a creature from Pieter Breughel the Elder's painting, The Fall of the Rebellious Angels (1562). Hovering and helmeted with a silly knot this Gatekeeper holds a pitchfork and looks at archangel Michael conquering the rebellious angels. Michael condemns them to eternal suffering in hell, by which their once so heavenly appearances decay into terrifying reptile-like monsters.
This story symbolizes how the decay of the church and its clergy was brought to a stand still in the 16th century.
- Size: 7.5 in. x 5 in. x 1.5 in.
- Item Type: statue
- Material: Resin with metal stand.
- Weight (lbs): 0.3
- Finish: hand-painted color details
- Part of the highly collectible Parastone Museum Collection of replica figurines. PN PB03
ABOUT THE ART PERIOD: 16th century Flemish painter Pieter Breughel the Elder (ca. 1528-1569) is mainly known as a chronicler of everyday life in the Flemish countryside with paintings such as "Proverbs" and "Children's Games". But Breughel's work has another side which reminds us of Hieronymus Bosch (+1516). People felt they were surrounded by a hostile world filled with natural and human violence, epidemic diseases and other threats for which they had no other explanation but the hands of fate. It was left to artists and the clergy to show how destiny could be influenced favorably through morality. Nevertheless, Breugel was lighthearted as well. He evoked a feeling of alienation by placing playful scenes before impressing and beautifully painted landscapes and with hilarious exaggeration "Pieter the funny one", as was his nickname, provoked laughter amongst his contemporaries.
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