Weekly proverb of the past: Pushed into the pig sty

This time we sneak at a proverb that seems to have been a popular motiv for both of the Bruegels to paint on its own. Its it the depiction of a group of rowdy villagers loudly and roughly pushing an unhappily looking drunkard into a pig sty.

Pieter Brueghel the elder - 1568 - The Drunkard pushed into the pigsty

“The drunkard pushed into the pig sty”. Pieter Brueghel the elder, 1568

To the modern eye it seems only to be a comical scene, but this is actually a  Flemish proverb saying that “those who, like drunken pigs, waste their time and good in the house of Venus will finally have to be pushed in the pigsty with the other swine”.

Simply put: if you drink and whore around, you’ll end up knee-deep.

'The drunkard pushed into the pigsty' by Pieter Brueghel the Younger

“The drunkard pushed into the pigsty” by Pieter Brueghel the Younger

The Drunkard Pushed into the Pig Sty. Made after 1568, after Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

“The Drunkard Pushed into the Pig Sty”. Made after 1568, after Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

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