Breugel was funny

Pieter Breugel the Elder was really funny.

Some of his paintings were clearly intended to be humorous, like this big famous one, Netherlandish Proverbs:

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It’s a very large (4×6 foot!) rebus-like picture puzzle of various colloquial expressions, many of which we still have in English (the Wikipedia article has a listing of many of them). This painting is readymade for a funny execution, but nobody else could have packed it so densely with hilarious idiots:

But even in some slightly more “serious” and spooky paintings, like Dulle Griet, he can’t seem to help himself:

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Above all else, Breugel understood that butts are funny. He passed down this important principle to his son, Pieter Breugel the Younger, who carried it forth: