Figures of Speech: Picturing Proverbs in Renaissance Netherlands / Edition 1

Figures of Speech: Picturing Proverbs in Renaissance Netherlands / Edition 1

by Walter S. Gibson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520259548

ISBN-13: 9780520259546

Pub. Date: 03/16/2010

Publisher: University of California Press


Figures of Speech addresses a key topic in Renaissance studies: the importance and pervasiveness of proverbs. For sixteenth-century Netherlanders, proverbs revealed the wisdom of the Ancients as well as the linguistic richness found in their own native language; for Pieter Bruegel, Hieronymus Bosch, and other Renaissance painters, proverbs were a

Overview


Figures of Speech addresses a key topic in Renaissance studies: the importance and pervasiveness of proverbs. For sixteenth-century Netherlanders, proverbs revealed the wisdom of the Ancients as well as the linguistic richness found in their own native language; for Pieter Bruegel, Hieronymus Bosch, and other Renaissance painters, proverbs were a frequent and appealing subject. In this book, Walter S. Gibson provides a comprehensive and engaging survey of these visual representations, capturing for twenty-first–century readers the moral sensibilities of a time and culture when such adages (and the images conveying their meaning) were invaluable guides to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520259546
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/16/2010
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Preface

Chapter 1. A Passion for Proverbs
Chapter 2. The Proverb Portrayed
Chapter 3. From Hay to Turnips: The Curious Career of a Bosch Invention
Chapter 4. Loquacious Pictures: Twelve Emblematic Proverb Engravings
Chapter 5. The Battle for the Breeches: A Proverb in the Making

Conclusion: Figures of Fun and Folly

Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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