Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Procession to the Calvary
The blades windmill atop the rock counterpoint the cross carried by Christ. The one, however, is an instrument for promoting life by milling grain and pumping water; the other, two crossed pieces of dead wood to carry Christ and the thieves to a place of torture and death. The bright sky behind the windmill contrasts starkly with the gloomy clouds over the scene of the coming crucifixion.
Some people at the tragic event are simply enjoying themselves. Others, are forced to participate against their wishes or are jostled by people in the crowd and harassed by soldiery. Even the most sacred events in history Bruegel saw as an unorchestrated hodgepodge of private hopes and fears.
The Calvary (Golgotha) where Christ and the thieves are to be crucified