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The Ass in the School

Pieter Bruegel the Elder

The Ass in the School

Pieter Bruegel the Elder
  • Original Title: De аss in de school
  • Date: 1556
  • Style: Northern Renaissance
  • Period: Antwerp Period (1554-1562)
  • Genre: allegorical painting
  • Media: pen, indian ink
  • Tag: allegories-and-symbols
  • Dimensions: 23.2 x 30.2 cm
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The population of the Netherlands provinces had a high level of education - indeed, an Italian traveller even ventured the opinion that everyone could read and write. Bruegel is laughing at his countrymen's eagerness to learn: the caption comments that "An ass will never become a horse, even if he goes to school."

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