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Proverb Iconography

An International Bibliography

Wolfgang Mieder and Janet Sobieski

Art historians and folklorists have long been aware that well-known artists, as well as anonymous creators of art, often base their work on proverbs, proverbial expressions and comparisons, and wellerisms. Since proverbial metaphors are verbal images, it is no surprise that artists translate these images into various art forms, including woodcuts, misericordes, engravings, emblems, paintings, caricatures, cartoons, comic strips, posters, and graffiti. This international and annotated bibliography contains 378 entries that summarize the impressive scholarship on the interrelationship of iconography and paremiology. The studies range from such wellknown artists as Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Brueghel, and Francisco de Goya to the popular art of T-shirts, banners, flags, figurines, and graffiti. Twenty-five illustrations and three indexes of names, pictures, and subjects are also included.