Pieter Bruegel Paints Farts

painter of farts

Is the Flemish Renaissance artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder the only one to paint farts? I would have thought yes, but no, there’s more than a few childish artists out there that have painted farts. Bruegel’s art may not have been as strange as the bizarre worlds created by Hieronymus Bosch but some of his paintings do come close. They don’t get much stranger than his 1562 work The Fall of the Rebel Angels which depicts a scene from that equally nutty piece of literature, the Book of Revelation. Among the farting beasts and fallen angels are all kinds of weird and horrible creatures.

I have never seen the Fall of the Rebel Angels painting in person, which is owned by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels, but with Google’s Art Project we can see the work in great detail. We can zoom in on the farts and other wonders depicted by Bruegel.

farting in artDetail of Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s The Fall of the Rebel Angels. Some kind of weird half man thing with lobster legs clearly doing a fart.

art of the fartDetail of Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s The Fall of the Rebel Angels. Another beastly, half human, lizard monster thing farting.

pieter bruegel the elder monstersDetail of Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s The Fall of the Rebel Angels. There’s no farting in this scene, just a few freaks and monsters doing their thing.

monster in bruegel paintingDetail of Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s The Fall of the Rebel Angels. Again, no farts here, just a horrible monster tearing its own stomach open. There’s also a few ugly beasts wearing royal crowns. Ugly beasts still wear crowns today so I guess some things never change ;-)

fall of rebel angelsHere’s the whole painting with all sorts of weird stuff happening.

Find out more about the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium collection at their website here. The collection section of the website can only be seen in French and Dutch but you don’t need to to know the language to look at a work, it’s easy enough to navigate.

About Dion

Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. Christian propaganda to frighten the bastards into believing in Hell. To me it looks a lot more fun than flitting about in clouds with a bunch of boring angels for eternity. Heaven? No pets allowed. No visitors after lights out. Gimme a break.

  2. Oh well, I’m not going to heaven if I can’t take my animal friends with me!
    Not sure I want to go to hell either as Benjamin Netanyahu rules over that place..lol
    Think I’ll stay where I am for now.. I’ll figure the rest out when I reach that point :-)
    Seriously though, how much more evolved as a species would we be if we took out religion! And then all forms of mass control! Imagine strong individuals and a strong whole. Our rulers will never allow it though. The black sheep will always be taken out.

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