Netherlandish Proverbs by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

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Neatherlandish Proverbs by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Painting NameNetherlandish Proverbs
Painter NamePieter Bruegel the Elder
Completion Date1559
Size117 cm × 163 cm (46 in × 64 in)
TechniqueOil
MaterialPanel
Current LocationGemäldegalerie Berlin

This painting includes a total of 112 Natherlandish proverbs in a single scene. The proverbs are taken literally. For instance, “To crap on the world” is literally represented as a person crapping on a globe. The depiction is on the left corner of the picture where a man in red clothes is coming out of a window.

Artist of the Flemish renaissance from 16th century, Pieter Bruegel the Elder was known for similar works, which included The Seven Deadly Sins, The Months, Big Fish Eats Little Fish and The Blind leading the Blind.  

Pieter Bruegel the younger, the artist’s son had depicted more than 20 versions of the paintings. Here is one of them.

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