Netherlandish Proverbs. Detail: What's Done Can't Be Undone & Deceit Masquerades
16th c Netherlandish Renaissance (Northern) Painting
Pieter BRUEGEL, the elder (aka Pieter Bruegel I)
(Breda, c. 1525/1530 - September 1569, Brussels)
Berlin. Gemaldegalerie Staaliche Muséen.
Clockwise from left includes: Stab a pig through the belly (what is done can't be undone); Fox and crane entertain each other (deceivers keep their own advantage); Sit on hot coals (be impatient); Tie a flaxen beard to Christ's face (hide deceit under a veneer of Christian piety); Two dogs over one bone seldom agree (argue over a single point).