The Village Lawyer
– Pieter Brueghel the Younger was known for reproducing copies of his father’s paintings. The Village Lawyer however, is an original work and it is one of the most popular.
– You can imagine the 17th century life in the Netherlands as depicted in this painting. Brueghel does not attempt idealize the life of the peasants. He illustrates a chaotic scene in a cartoonish manner to satirize an event.
– An engraving of this image was produced for a pamphlet that denounces the corruption of lawyers. The use of the image in the pamphlet highlights the power of art to bring about social change.