Big Fish Swallow Small Fish, Pieter van der Heyden, after Pieter Bruegel (I), after Jheronimus Bosch, 1557

Big Fish Swallow Small Fish, Pieter van der Heyden, after Pieter Bruegel (I), after Jheronimus Bosch, 1557

engraving, h 230mm × w 300mm More details

Seated in a boat in the foreground, a father is telling his son some harsh facts about the ways of world: the powerful oppress the weak, the rich devour the poor – or, as the legend explicitly states, ‘Big fish swallow small fish’.

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