The Parable of the Blind Leading the Blind – (Pieter Bruegel The Elder) Previous Next


Date: 1568

Size: 86 x 154 cm

Museum: Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte (Italy)

Technique: Tempera

The Blind Leading the Blind is an oil painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Other titles include "Blind" and "The Parable of the Blind". There are six blind men going forward one after the other. A blind guide goes first and falls in a hole with his staff. The next blind man trips over the first one. The third connected with the second with a staff follow his predecessors. The fifth and the sixth don't yet know what is happening but will fall into the hole at the end. The painting is based upon a saying of Jesus that appears in the Gospels: "Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch?"

This artwork is in the public domain.



Click here to download


Free for non commercial use. See below.

Pieter Bruegel The Elder – Most viewed artworks

Public domain

This image (or other media file) is in the public domain because its copyright has expired. However - you may not use this image for commercial purposes and you may not alter the image or remove the watermark.

This applies to the United States, Canada, the European Union and those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 70 years.

Note that a few countries have copyright terms longer than 70 years: Mexico has 100 years, Colombia has 80 years, and Guatemala and Samoa have 75 years. This image may not be in the public domain in these countries, which moreover do not implement the rule of the shorter term. Côte d'Ivoire has a general copyright term of 99 years and Honduras has 75 years, but they do implement that rule of the shorter term.