Pieter van Bloemen
Brief Biography-Pieter van Bloemen was born in Antwerp. His two brothers John Francis and Norbert were also painters. All three became members of the Bentvueghels, a Netherlands group of artists in Rome. Their 'Bent' nicknames were Standaart for Pieter, Orizonti for John Francis and Cefalus for Norbert.
Pieter travelled to Lyon for a short stay and from there he went on to Italy. After an extended stay in Italy working with his brothers he returned to Antwerp, and in 1699 he was appointed Director of the Academy. He stayed there for the remainder of his life.
His paintings consisted of landscapes with animals, military scenes and genre scenes. His Italianate landscapes consisted of much staffage, including animals amongst ruins, broken statues and basso relievos. He enjoyed considerable success in his lifetime.
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drovers with cattle
amongst their cattle
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