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The blind leading the blind. Oil painting after Pieter Bruegel.

Bruegel, Pieter, approximately 1525-1569.

About this picture


Christ's parable, Matthew XV:14 "If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch". The eye conditions have been identified with disease-names as follows: (left to right) pemphigoid, (not identifiable), phthisis bulbi, corneal leucoma, enucleation. For discussion as to whether such medical matters are compatible with the spiritual theme of the painting, see Richter, loc. cit. "An extraordinary representation of six blind men in movement; it can even be seen as a Duchamp-like study of the tentative movements of one blind man as he walks, hurries, runs, begins to fall and finally collapses helplessly into the ditch" (Lorne Campbell, The Burlington magazine, June 2019, vol. 161, p. 501)

Physical description

1 painting : oil on canvas ; canvas 95.5 x 151 cm



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