September's Painting of the Month:
Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1525 - 1569 Parable of the Sower, 1557 Oil on panel, 73.7 x 102.9 cm (29 x 40-1/2 in.) The Timken's Parable of the Sower (1557) by Pieter Bruegel the Elder is one of only about 40 known pictures by the artist who is generally considered to be the greatest Flemish painter of the 16th century. The biblical story is depicted in the left foreground where a peasant scatters seeds on a small upland pasture. In the background, on the banks of the river, the artist depicts three boats and a small group of people who has gathered to hear Jesus preaching. Like the seeds falling on the soil, some will not listen to him, but others will heed his words and faith will blossom in them. The painting is a magnificent example of the still relatively young art of Northern landscape painting, a subject Bruegel returned to often throughout his career. Members of the Bruegel family were active for four generations. Pieter Bruegel the Elder was the first important member of the family. His son, Jan Brueghel the elder, also known as "Velvet Brueghel," was an equally important artist. His painting The Entry of the Animals into Noah's Ark (1613) is featured in the Timken's fall exhibition Blessed Beasts and Curious Creatures: Animal Processionals from the 13th to the 21st Centuries, September 23 - December 11, 2016. To learn more visit Parable of the Sower in the Dutch/Flemish Collection.