an image of the painting "The Netherlandish Proverbs" by Breugel


The work of Pieter Breugel the Elder (1525-1569) has delighted generations of students with its irreverent and lively subject matter. Both a painter and a printmaker, Breugel is known for his interest in depicting vernacular culture. One such work is his 1559 painting The Netherlandish Proverbs, which imagines over a hundred identifiable proverbs. Click to see some of the proverbs below.