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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-firstcentury readers the moral sensibilities of a time and culture when such adages (and the images conveying their meaning) were invaluable guides to life.
List of Illustrations
Chapter 1. A Passion for Proverbs
Chapter 2. The Proverb Portrayed
Chapter 3. From Hay to Turnips: The Curious Career of a Bosch
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