Copyright Information close The author of this artwork died more than 70 years ago. According to U.S. Copyright Law, copyright expires 70 years after the author's death. In other countries, legislation may differ. More… WikiArt.org allows unlimited copying, distributing and displaying of the images of public domain artworks solely. We use here Copyright term based on authors' deaths according to U.S. Copyright Law, that is 70 years. In other countries, the duration of copyright term may differ. Please check here copyright length according to your country's legislation before you consider reproducing images borrowed from Wikipaintings.org Artworks protected by copyright are supposed to be used only for contemplation. Images of that type of artworks are prohibited for copying, printing, or any kind of reproducing and communicating to public since these activities may be considered copyright infringement. Public domain ← → Netherlandish Proverbs Pieter Bruegel the Elder Original Title: Nederlandse Spreuken Date: 1559 Style: Northern Renaissance Genre: allegorical painting Media: oil, panel Dimensions: 163 x 117 cm Tags: allegories-and-symbols File Source: www.artrenewal.org Order an oil painting reproduction Ad Image dimension 750x531px, View all sizes Also entitled The Blue Cloak or The Topsy Turvy World, this painting contains a literal illustration of idioms and aphorisms of 16th century Flemish life. Whereas some of the idioms have been lost to history, others are still relevant and in use today. Although other artists and authors had produced paintings and books on proverbs, this painting is considered to be the first large-scale rendition of the theme. The proverbs, of which there are over 100, as well as the early titles, are meant to illustrate human stupidity and foolishness. The painting was so popular that Pieter Brueghel the Younger reproduced up to twenty copies of it, many of which included various renditions on the proverbs. Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Artworks by date LIST OF WORKS Featured works (8) All Artworks by Date (88) All Artworks by Name (88) STYLES Northern Renaissance (88) SERIES Seasons of the year (7) GENRES allegorical painting (16) cityscape (1) genre painting (27) landscape (11) marina (3) mythological painting (2) panorama (1) portrait (4) religious painting (21) self-portrait (1) sketch and study (1) Pieter Bruegel the Elder Featured works (8) All Artworks by Date (88) All Artworks by Name (88) Northern Renaissance (88) Seasons of the year (7) allegorical painting (16) cityscape (1) genre painting (27) landscape (11) marina (3) mythological painting (2) panorama (1) portrait (4) religious painting (21) self-portrait (1) sketch and study (1) Country Concerns Pieter Bruegel the Elder Ice Skating before the Gate of Saint George, Antwerp Pieter Bruegel the Elder Landscape with Christ Appearing to the Apostles at the Sea of Tiberias Pieter Bruegel the Elder Alpine Landscape Pieter Bruegel the Elder Big fishes eat small fishes Pieter Bruegel the Elder Crafty Bird Catcher Pieter Bruegel the Elder Pride Pieter Bruegel the Elder Soldiers at Rest Pieter Bruegel the Elder The Adoration of the Kings Pieter Bruegel the Elder The Ass in the School Pieter Bruegel the Elder View of Tivoli Pieter Bruegel the Elder The Adoration of the Kings in the Snow Pieter Bruegel the Elder The Parable of the Sower Pieter Bruegel the Elder Lust Pieter Bruegel the Elder Three soldiers Pieter Bruegel the Elder The Fight between Carnival and Lent Pieter Bruegel the Elder Netherlandish Proverbs Pieter Bruegel the Elder The Fair at Hoboken Pieter Bruegel the Elder The Fair on St. George's Day Pieter Bruegel the Elder The Gloomy Day Pieter Bruegel the Elder 1 Load more Advertisement.