Detail of Bruegel’s Netherlandish Proverbs, illustrating the proverbs ‘They shit through the same hole’ (i.e. inseparable friends), ‘Shake feathers into the wind’ (i.e. work randomly), ‘You know a bird by his feathers’, and ‘To fall from the ox onto the ass’ (i.e. falling on hard times). Painted 1559.

Detail of Bruegel’s Netherlandish Proverbs, illustrating the proverbs ‘They shit through the same hole’ (i.e. inseparable friends), ‘Shake feathers into the wind’ (i.e. work randomly), ‘You know a bird by his feathers’, and ‘To fall from the ox onto the ass’ (i.e. falling on hard times). Painted 1559.