Winterlandscape with Bird-Trap

1601 dated, Circle: Pieter Bruegel d. Ä.



Winterlandscape with Bird-Trap

Around 100 copies prove the extraordinary popularity of this composition after Pieter Bruegel the Elder. It was presumed that the austere winter of 1564–65 could have been the catalyst for Bruegel’s two pictures dealing with the subject of a winter landscape. The bird-trap (to the right) and the skaters were both given a deeper proverbial or moralising meaning (a warning to be vigilant, the slipperiness of life’s course), though there is no convincing evidence for this. This copy is considered one of the oldest and best samples in existence.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kabinett 21

Object data

Object Name



Netherlandish; Flemish


1601 dated


Pieter Bruegel d. Ä. (um 1525/30 Breugel oder Antwerpen? - 1569 Brüssel) - GND

previously attributed to

Pieter Brueghel d. J. (fraglich) (um 1564/65 Brüssel - 1638 Antwerpen) - GND


oak wood


39 x 57 cm
Framed: 52,2 cm x 69,5 cm x 6 cm


Bez. rechts unten: P. BRVEGH ...; sowie nicht mehr deutlich lesbar: 1601

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 625


Coll. Leopold Wilhelm

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