Sign in to favourite Sign in to add to album 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 Period: Antwerp Period (1554-1562) Series: The World Turned Upside Down Genre: allegorical painting Media: oil, panel Dimensions: 163 x 117 cm Location: Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, Germany Tags: allegories-and-symbols Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherlandish_Proverbs 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 Famous works The Fight between Carnival and Lent Pieter Bruegel the Elder · 1559 Netherlandish Proverbs Pieter Bruegel the Elder · 1559 Landscape with the Fall of Icarus Pieter Bruegel the Elder · 1560 The Triumph of Death Pieter Bruegel the Elder · 1562 - 1563 The Gloomy Day (January) Pieter Bruegel the Elder · 1565 Hunters in the Snow Pieter Bruegel the Elder · 1565 Parable of the Blind Pieter Bruegel the Elder · 1568 The Magpie on the Gallows Pieter Bruegel the Elder · 1568 View all 95 artworks Related Artworks Apollo and the Muses Maarten de Vos Faith Hope and Love Maarten de Vos Allegory of the Choleric Temperament Maarten de Vos Abundance Maarten de Vos Allegory of the First Estate Maarten de Vos Seven Liberal Arts Maarten de Vos The Tribunal of the Brabant Mint in Antwerp Maarten de Vos The Earth Maarten de Vos Allegoria Dell Aria Maarten de Vos The Air Maarten de Vos The Death of Adonis Maarten de Vos The Calumny of Apelles Maarten de Vos An Alchemist Being Tempted by Luxuria Maarten de Vos The Elders Accuse Susanna Falsely of Adultery Maarten de Vos The Four Continents Peter Paul Rubens The Triumph of Truth Peter Paul Rubens The Victory of Eucharistic Truth over Heresy Peter Paul Rubens Triumph of Church over Fury, Discord, and Hate Peter Paul Rubens Allegory on the Blessings of Peace Peter Paul Rubens The Triumph of the Church Peter Paul Rubens 1 Load more Advertisement.