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Art and Images in Psychiatry
July 2011

Bruegel's Landscape With Fall of Icarus

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2011;68(7):653. doi:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2011.69

[Daedalus] kissed his son, which he was destined never again to do, and rising on his wings, he flew on ahead, fearing for his companion . . . the boy began to rejoice in his bold flight and, deserting his leader . . . directed his course to greater height.—Ovid's Metamorphoses Book VIII1(lines 211-213,223-225)

In Brueghel's Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away/Quite leisurely from the disaster . . . / Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky.—W. H. Auden's poem“Musée Des Beaux Arts”2(p87)