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Pieter Bruegel the Elder's Hunters in the Snow from 1565

Tales of Winter: The Art of Snow and Ice

Tue Jan 22, 9-10.30pm, BBC4

By Phil Harrison

Strangely, it wasn’t until Pieter Bruegel painted ‘Hunters in the Snow’ in 1565 that the artistic link between winter and beauty was formed. Maybe humanity only felt able to love the snow and ice once it became more able to defend itself against its worst ravages. This hefty documentary drags Grayson Perry, Will Self, Don McCullin and several others out into the cold to reflect on the paintings that define this artistic micro-genre. No preview material was available but this sounds timely, intriguing and probably best watched from the comfort of an amply heated living room.


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