Take a long, slow look at Bruegel's masterpiece, and listen along with BBC Radio 4's Cathy FitzGerald
When we look at this painting from a distance, it seems like a sleepy, pastoral scene. But would you believe that it features the daring escape of some thieves, a game involving the vicious torture of a goose, and even some naked monks?!
Come with us on a journey through Bruegel's masterpiece - digitized in super high-resolution Gigapixel - to explore the painting's magical details up close...
A fine feast
In the foreground of the painting we can see a group of people who have stopped for a quick lunch break. But who are they and what's their story?
A mysterious game
If we zoom in to the center of the painting, we find a group of villagers who seem to be playing a pretty strange game. Is that a... live goose?
See the sea
You can almost feel the salty sea breeze coming in from the water on the horizon. But does it give us clues to where we are?
The naked truth
In the middle distance we can see a small swimming hole in a shady grove. And what's that in the water...?
Spotted the fancy castle and its orchard in the top left? There's something shady about the people hiding in the shade...