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