The Magpie on the Gallows by Pieter Breugel the Elder



It's possible that The Magpie on the Gallows was Breugel's last work.  The artist is known to have asked his wife to burn some of his pictures on his death, but told her to keep The Magpie on the Gallows for herself.
 
If you look carefully you can see someone defecating in the lower left corner, not a common sight in 16th Century art . . . But there are plenty reasons for this rude intrusion.
 
 

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