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Netherlandish Proverbs "The World Turned Upside Down" by Pieter Brueghel the younger after his father | by Martin Beek
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Netherlandish Proverbs "The World Turned Upside Down" by Pieter Brueghel the younger after his father

"The world turned upside down" depicts life in a typical village it is an illustration of the folly of mankind. I have put a note on a few of the nearly 100 proverbs that are known to be depicted in this complex work. Some do not translate exactly, but one can get an idea of what's going on. It strikes me that very little has changed in four hundred years. This is a copy by Brueghel the younger of his father's work which was in Berlin.

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Taken on February 21, 2009