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

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

by Walter S. Gibson


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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-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
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Walter S. Gibson is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities Emeritus at Case Western Reserve University and the author of many books including Pieter Bruegel and the Art of Laughter and Pleasant Places: The Rustic Landscape from Bruegel to Ruisdael, both from UC Press.

Table of Contents

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

Selected Bibliography


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