Inspired by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Christ and the Woman taken in Adultery, 1565.
We chose Peter Bruegel Christ and the Woman taken in adultery because of the amount of detail crammed into such a small piece. It’s also a monochrome piece which was quite unusual for the Renaissance.
The image has a lot of motion in it, with many people: the figures are actually ghost like, like sculptures.
There are lots of different variations of the piece. We found three versions of this painting, one in colour and another one in grey style.
Bruegel used to dress up as part of the scenery, he was known as a master painter of scenery in the Netherlands. He was a Renaissance Flemish painter. The painting was stolen in 1984 and recovered ten years later.
We wanted to animate the scene and decided to recreate the sculpture like figures as sculptures for the animation. We tried to depict the different versions of the picture: colour, grey style and monochrome. We incorporated the part about the picture being stolen too.
We are re-telling the story of the painting which is that Jesus confronts the crowd which is about to stone the woman and writes on the floor: ‘He without sin can cast the first stone’.
We made our animation from Stop frame and filming, with plasticine models and spices and cardboard for the background.