Pieter Brueghel the Elder - The Blind Leading the Blind
The Blind Leading the Blind reveals Pieter Bruegel the Elder as a master of observation. Each figure has a different eye affliction, including corneal leukaemia, atrophy of globe and removed eyes. The figures hold their heads up so as to make better use of their other senses. The diagonal composition reinforces the off-kilter motion of the six figures falling in progression, a concern with motion that has been seen as prefiguring the advent of film. The Blind Leading the Blind is considered one of the masterworks of painting for its fine, accurate detail and dynamic composition. Copies include a larger version by Bruegel's son Pieter Brueghel the Younger.
[Musée du Louvre, Paris - Oil on canvas]