Winter 1988 • Vol. X No. 1 |

Bruegelian Assurance: On an Image Group in Children’s Games

Anna's soul was put at peace between them. She looked from one to the other, and she saw them established to her safety, and she was free. She played between the pillar of fire and the pillar of cloud in confidence, having the assurance on her right hand and the assurance on her left. She was no longer called upon to uphold with her childish might the broken end of the arch. Her father and her mother now met in the span of the heavens, and she, the child, was free to play in the space beneath, between. D.H. LAWRENCE, The Rainbow I In the left foreground of Pieter Bruegel the Elder's Children's Games (fig. 1), a man and a woman make a bridge of arms for a child and carry her forward on it (fig. 2). A wonderful mix of security and indrawn poise radiates from this plump, heavily encumbered little body. The equally corpulent body of the girl who swings inside the shed above and to the left expresses the elation of flying through the air, defying gravity, but the child in th

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