Detail of Bruegel’s Netherlandish Proverbs, illustrating the proverbs ‘Tie the devil to a cushion’ (i.e. ‘Everything is possible’), ‘a pillar-biter’ (i.e. a religious hypocrite), and ‘Bang your head against a brick wall’. Painted 1559.

Detail of Bruegel’s Netherlandish Proverbs, illustrating the proverbs ‘Tie the devil to a cushion’ (i.e. ‘Everything is possible’), ‘a pillar-biter’ (i.e. a religious hypocrite), and ‘Bang your head against a brick wall’. Painted 1559.