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Census at Bethlehem by Pieter Breugel

'Census at Bethlehem'
by Pieter Breugel

transmitted 25th Dec 2006

Arguably the painting that invented the snowy Christmas card scene, the Census at Bethlehem is a picture that depicts the arrival of Mary and Joseph at Bethlehem  But it also a portrays Netherlands village under the grip of a cruel winter and under the hammer of a foreign army.   The picture teems with human life as the best Breughels do, but it also speaks to the 21st century in an extraordinary way.

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