Pieter Brueghel the Younger (or Workshop), Payment of the Tithes

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"One of the artist's most successful original designs was the painting of The Village Lawyer (sometimes also called the Tax Collector's Office, the Payment of the Tithe, the Lawyer of Bad Cases and the Notary's Office). The different titles of the work indicate that it may have been interpreted in these different ways in the 17th century. The title The Village Lawyer is probably the best suited since the person behind the desk is wearing a lawyer's bonnet, the collection of taxes usually did not occur in such setting and the paperwork and bags on the desk look like those for requests and decrees. The picture also shows peasants lining up with presents such as chickens and eggs to please the lawyer, which was a common occurrence, whereas tithe payments were made in grain." -- Wikipedia

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Detail: Payment in Kind

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Detail: the Lawyer/Tax Collector

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Pieter Brueghel the Younger often used his father's work as a basis for his own compositions. Here is a scene in an alchemists's workshop rendered as a print by Bruegel the Elder and as a painting by Brueghel the Younger:

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For a larger images of the alchemists's workshop, click  HERE and HERE

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