Figures of Speech: Picturing Proverbs in Renaissance Netherlands / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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- 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 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.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|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 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
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