Bruegel, Jan, 1568-1625

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Notes: "...their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper. -- Psalm 1:2-3 -- "...all of nature is instrumental, not intrinsically dangerous, and any creature can be an emblem of both good and evil. The beasts of Eden each represent, according to the iconologists, a multitude of virtures, vices, opportunities, and vulnerabilities, so that each representation engages the viewer in interpretive choices that either reenact the primal choice of Adam and Eve [seen very faintly in the background] or redress it. Almost everything in the Garden has potentiality for good or ill, and everything can be either well used or abused in the fallen but redeemed and potentially regenerate world." (McColley, 80)
Artist:Bruegel, Jan, 1568-1625
Building:Gemäldegalerie (Berlin, Germany)

Scripture:Psalm 1
Lectionary links:BEast07
General Subject:Paradise

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Attribution:Bruegel, Jan, 1568-1625. Paradise, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved January 20, 2019]. Original source:
Record Number:54171 Last Updated: 2018-06-14 11:38:20 Record Created: 2009-01-14 13:55:15
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition

Bibliographic Source:Gust for paradise: Milton's Eden and the visual arts
Author:McColley, Diane Kelsey
Publisher:University of Illinois Press