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Pieter Bruegel the Elder


The Flemish Proverbs.

1559. Oil on panel. Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, Germany. Read Note.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The Flemish Proverbs.

The Flemish Proverbs is an allegorical painting with the whole world of proverbs; among the others, Bruegel illustrates the following: “He blocks up the well after the calf is drowned”; “One shears the sheep, another the pig”; “One holds the distaff, which the other spins”; “The pig has been stuck though the belly”; “He throws roses to the swine”; “He brings baskets of light into the daylight”.