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Flemish proverbs

Painting, 1559, 117×163 cm

Description of the artwork «Flemish proverbs»

A small (117 by 164 cm) painting by Peter Brueghel the Elder, painted in oil on wood, is a detailed masterpiece visualizing more than a hundred utterances. Birds of one flight. Stick sticks in wheels. On tenterhooks. We all know and use these sayings. Sometimes ironic, often not serious and funny, these statements are an indicator of our mind and intellect. And not only in Russian. The play on words in literature, communication and art has been and remains a hallmark of different cultures for centuries.
This is exactly what the Dutch master Peter Bruegel the Elder meant when he created his incredible Flemish Proverbs more than 450 years ago (alternative names are “Dutch sayings” or “Peace Upside Down”).
Your attention -Arthive’s detailed illustrated guide to this incredible work with decoding of Brueghel's visual messages.
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Genre scene

Style of art: Northern Renaissance

Technique: Oil

Materials: Wood

Date of creation: 1559

Size: 117×163 cm

Artwork in selections: 25 selections

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