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This is one of six panels painted by the artist for the suburban Antwerp home of the wealthy merchant Niclaes Jongelinck, one of the artist's most enthusiastic patrons. The recurring theme of these landscapes is that of man submitting to the laws of nature. This winter scene is probably the most important of all European paintings representing winter. There is no lively colour in the scene, even the sky seems to be made of ice.
Jongelinck owned no less than sixteen of Bruegel's works. The series, which represented the seasons or times of the year, included six works, five of which survive. The other four are: The Gloomy Day, The Return of the Herd, The Harvesters (all Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna), and Haymaking (Lobkowicz Collections, Prague).
This tapestry has a rod pocket incorporated in the lining on the back for hanging.