Flemish painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder excelled in depicting daily life and often created visual allegories in paint through the combination of activities and objects. While most of his paintings require the viewer to interpret the allegories through careful observation and knowledge of Flemish idiomatic expressions, a series of twelve wooden plate paintings each include a phrase to assist in deciphering the allegory. Can you figure out what the following proverb means?
Whatever I do, I do not repent, I keep pissing against the moon.
(Vat ick vervolghe en geraecke dar niet aen ick pisse altyt tegen de maen)
Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Pissing Against the Moon, 1558, oil on panel. Musée Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp
"Pissing against the moon" essentially means wasting one’s time in futile activities. So on this Saturday, will you be pissing against the moon?
Consistently amazed by how out of time Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s work really was.