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The Three Soldiers

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1568

The Three Soldiers, 1568 — Pieter Bruegel the Elder,

Only four grisailles (monochrome paintings) by Bruegel are known, three on religious themes, and this panel, once in the collection of Charles I of England, representing a trio of Landsknechte, the mercenary foot soldiers whose picturesque costumes and swashbuckling airs provided popular images for printmakers in the sixteenth century.

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