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Right away looking at Breugels painting The Fall of Icarus the first characters that seem to have the most relevance are the plowman sheperd and the fisherman Breugel was known for his allegorical style in his paintings The title of the painting is called The Fall of Icarus this leads one to believe that these three characters have a lot of symbolic meaning For instance all three of the characters are holding tools that extend down to the earth The plowman had his plow the shepherd has his crook and the fisherman has his pole These are all tools that are used every day for their livelihood Daedaus on the other hand has built wings for he and Icarus so they could fly away to freedom this very act is one that defies the laws of nature Appearing in the bottom right of the painting appears a glimpse of tiny legs belonging to Icarus Seems the tools that helped him to fly defying nature have failed him The time period in the painting is that of the Renaissance and Icarus and his father are mythological characters come out of the medieval eras This is relevant because the Renaissance was an era known for the growth of science and moving towards a more modern age Deadalus became an icon for modern advances in science while Icarus in the middle ages was an example of any life that gets carries away to dangerous extreme In the center background in the painting is the sun then the water after that there is the air that is seen in sails of the ship and lastly the earth These four things are elements of nature and represent life There is also the sun represents light at one end of the painting at the opposite end there is darkness and death There are many angles and
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