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When I did the post on the Bruegel painting here I had wondered whether anyone would notice the 21st century guy nonchalantly leaning on the grieving pheasant women in the middle of the painting. My attention to him was pointed out to me by my youngest son, the artist/teacher. I know the figure is difficult to spot at first amongst so many colourful medieval people: however, he is wearing a rather flamboyant purple suit, and happily smiling whilst everyone else is in abject despair, and also he is sporting a pair of large dark rimmed glass. Anyway, nobody noticed him, so I am just pointing you in his direction now. He is the Art Critic Waldemar Januszczak, and will be familiar to art lovers in the UK. I am sure some of you will have seen him doing his art programmes on BBC2 and BBC 4. I learnt a great deal about this painting from his writings.