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Figures of Speech: Picturing Proverbs in Renaissance Netherlands

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“Walter Gibson, dean of Bruegel scholars, has done it again. His new book, like the proverbs it studies, instructs gently yet plainly in compact size. While it figures forth the depths of Bruegel's own passion for proverbs, this wide-ranging period study also shows the cultural breadth of Dutch proverbs in other media, including the witty world of urban rhetoricians. These 'loquacious pictures' have their adept translator in Walter Gibson.”—Larry Silver, author of Peasant Scenes and Landscapes

“This is an important book for anyone interested in the representation of the verbal in Northern Renaissance art, and Gibson, who has long conveyed the latest research into Netherlandish iconography to the English-speaking world, an authoritative guide to this neglected aspect of the intellectual climate of the period. Here is new light illuminating some of the lesser-known works of Bosch and Bruegel, but also those of much less well-known artists who chose to pictorialise the idiom in an era—as this study triumphantly demonstrates—in which the proverb came into its own and the verbal became visual not just in manuscripts and paintings but in the very market-place.”—Malcolm Jones, author of The Secret Middle Ages

Synopsis:

"Walter Gibson, dean of Bruegel scholars, has done it again. His new book, like the proverbs it studies, instructs gently yet plainly in compact size. While it figures forth the depths of Bruegel's own passion for proverbs, this wide-ranging period study also shows the cultural breadth of Dutch proverbs in other media, including the witty world of urban rhetoricians. These 'loquacious pictures' have their adept translator in Walter Gibson."--Larry Silver, author of Peasant Scenes and Landscapes

Synopsis:

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.

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

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520259546
Author:
Gibson, Walter S.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Art, Renaissance -- Netherlands.
Subject:
Proverbs in art.
Subject:
European
Subject:
History - Renaissance
Subject:
Art - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
81 b/w photographs
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in

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"Synopsis" by , "Walter Gibson, dean of Bruegel scholars, has done it again. His new book, like the proverbs it studies, instructs gently yet plainly in compact size. While it figures forth the depths of Bruegel's own passion for proverbs, this wide-ranging period study also shows the cultural breadth of Dutch proverbs in other media, including the witty world of urban rhetoricians. These 'loquacious pictures' have their adept translator in Walter Gibson."--Larry Silver, author of Peasant Scenes and Landscapes
"Synopsis" by ,
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.
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