The big fish eat the little fish

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    The unequal relationships of the animal world have inspired many easily understood moral lessons. This 17th century print illustrates a well-known proverb which has been repeated since antiquity, that big fish eat the smaller fish - just as stronger and more powerful people dominate the weak. The realism of the engraving, produced using a reverse linear technique, heightens the gleeful impossibility of the scene, similar to a still life - the endless spilling out of fish from gaping mouth and fine smaller details. The print was highly successful. First published in 1577, this is an impression from the mid 17th century republishing of the plate, in which the political moral is heavily emphasised in the top right in Latin, French and Dutch: 'The oppression of the poor. The rich rule over you through their power.' The original engraving was produced by Pieter van der Heyden (c. 1530-after 1584).

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    Artist: Pieter van der Heyden

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