Pieter Bruegel The Elder was a 16th century Dutch genre artist specializing in paintings of landscapes, peasant scenes, festivals, feast days and village life. The period in which he was born, and about which he painted, was a time of significant change in Europe. It was the end of the High Renaissance of Michelangelo and Leonard da Vinci the time of the Martin Luther and the Reformation. At this time the Protestant Church wanted art destroyed and the Catholic Church wanted more religious subject matter. In fact, Bruegel destroyed many of his paintings prior to his death in 1569 , in order to protect his family from religious persecution.
Netherlandish Proverbs was painted by Bruegel in 1559 and illustrates Dutch proverbs and idioms. Netherlandish Proverbs is a famous painting which can be viewed many times allowing the opportunity to discover scenes depicting over more than a 100 Dutch proverbs.
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