by Jonathan Jones / The Guardian

In about 1560, Bruegel painted a scene from the ultimate war. The Triumph of Death is unmistakably a war painting, a history painting. In a panoramic landscape, Death's army rages, innumerable, invincible.

Thousands of skeletons mass behind coffin-shields under Death’s banners. As a skeleton beats the war drums, they deploy new technologies including a giant box raised by a lever into which men and women are savagely shoved. Some humans fight back, but these isolated acts of courage have no significance.  Read the full article