Tarts on the Roof and Other Truths
Wolfgang Mieder, professor of German and Russian and one of the worlds
premier proverb scholars, bringing Pieter Brueghel the Youngers
painting The Netherlandish Proverbs to UVMs Fleming
Museum is the dream of a lifetime. The work on display is a copy created
by Brueghel the Younger of the 1559 original painted by his father,
Pieter Bruegel the Elder. It is an intricately detailed depiction of
a wild slice of 16th century village life with proverbial expressions
on display that range from the sacred to the scatological. Mieders
dream, and the proverb symposium connected with it, began to come together
when the professor and Fleming Museum Director Janie Cohen connected
with Mrs. Adele Klapper, who generously loaned the painting, which is
part of the personal collection she built together with her late husband,
Herbert J. Klapper.
1 Tarts grow on the roof. Not an expression we hear
much in 21st century American culture, but the phrase colorfully describes
a household that has all it needs and more.
The pig is stuck through the belly, whats done is done.