Mauritshuis Brueghel & Van Balen Painting Inspires Pop Song

June 16 2021

Video: Mauritshuis

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Dutch pop singer Eefje de Visser, who performed at this year's Eurovision Song Contest, has released a new song that was inspired by the Mauritshuis's Garland of Fruit surrounding a Depiction of Cybele Receiving Gifts from Personifications of the Four Seasons by Jan Brueghel the Elder and Hendrik van Balen. The music video begins in the gallery in front of the painting.

Alas, what a shame that the lyrics aren't available on subtitles - I'd love to know what they are...

Update - Gosh! A reader has very kindly sent these translated lyrics across:

Humanity picks her fruit

Celebrate the life 

The Sun and the rain wild and abundant 

The gods are looking below 

How men and animal lived on Earth in peace

Birds in the clouds and bushes 

People thankful that they could harvest 

And animals living in the trees 

They ate grain and leaves and berries 

Everything 

Oh Cybele let our flowers grow

Bathe in abundance and worship 

We worship you

We worship you

Angels fly up above

The veil of the evening to the Gods 

And bring wild to the clouds 

And everybody come Cybele 

We worship you 

Oh Cybele let grow over flowers 

Bathe in abundance and worship 

Oh Cybele let the wash to grow 

To live in excess and worship

I wonder if Brueghel and van Balen would have approved of these words...

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