Soldiers at Rest (Milites Requiescentes) from The Large Landscapes

Series/Portfolio: The Large Landscapes

Artist: After Pieter Bruegel the Elder (Netherlandish, Breda (?) ca. 1525–1569 Brussels)

Artist: Johannes van Doetecum the elder (Netherlandish, active 1554–ca. 1600, died 1605)

Artist: Lucas van Doetecum (Netherlandish, active 1554–72, died before 1589)

Publisher: Hieronymus Cock (Netherlandish, Antwerp ca. 1510–1570 Antwerp)

Date: ca. 1555–56

Medium: Etching and engraving

Dimensions: 12 5/8 x 17in. (32 x 43.2cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1926

Accession Number: 26.72.56

Description

A group of soldiers with halberds and long staffs are represented on the hilltop of a magnificent alpine river valley. Three of the soldiers are resting in the foreground, two appear at the crest of the hill, and several others are shown strolling at the left and right of the composition. Printed after a design by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, this image of Soldiers at Rest (Milites Requiescentes) is one of a series of twelve prints known as the Large Landscapes. All of them reflect the deep impression the dramatic mountain vistas made on Bruegel as he traveled through the Alps on his return from Italy around 1554. Carried out primarily in etched lines that have the appearance of engraved ones, the unsigned Large Landscapes were executed by the brothers Joannes and Lucas van Doetecum and published by Hieronymus Cock through his Antwerp shop, At the Four Winds. The prints, which were among the most widely circulated and celebrated of Bruegel's images, allowed a large audience to become acquainted with his strikingly naturalistic and broad-eyed conception of landscape.

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