Pieter Bruegel the Elder

c1525-1569 Netherlands-Northern Renaissance

 

Brief Biography-There are very few facts known about Pieter Bruegel's life, painter of comic peasant scenes. It's thought he was born in the town of Breda in the duchy of Brabant. He was apprenticed to Pieter Coecke van Aelst. In 1551, he became a member of the painters' guild in Antwerp before travelling to Rome. On his way there he made sketches of the Alps which he later incorporated into paintings such as 'Hunters in the Snow'. It is known that he worked for the publisher and print-seller Jerome Cock designing engravings for proverbs after he returned to Antwerp in 1555. During this time, the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch had an influence on his work. In 1562 he did drawings in Amsterdam before going to Brussels and marrying Mayken the daughter of Pieter Coecke his former master. Brussels gave him a leaning towards the Italian style through the influence of Raphael's tapestries which were there. It was here he received the commission for the 'The Months of the Year' He spent the last six years of his life in Brussels.

 

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wedding dance
in the open air

wedding dance in the open air


haymaking

haymaking

Blind Leading
The Blind

Blind Leading the Blind Proverb

Hunters
in the snow

Hunters in the Snow

Massacare of
the Innocents

Massacre of the Innocents

The Peasant
Dance

The Peasant Dance

The Tower
of Babel

The Tower of Babel

a tower
of babel

a tower of babel

tower
of babel

tower of babel

two
monkies

two monkies

The Corn
Harvest

The harvesters

The
Wedding Feast

The Wedding Feast

The Suicide
of Saul

The Suicide of Saul

Fall of the
Rebel angels

Fall of the Rebel Angels

Fight Between
Carnival and Lent

Fight Between Carnival and Lent

The Adoration
of the Kings

The Adoreation of the Kings

Old
Woman

Old Woman

Netherlandish
Proverbs

Netheerlandish Proverbs

Christ Carrying
the Cross

Christ Carrying the Cross

Children's
Games

Children's Games

The
Triumph of Death

The Triumph of Death

The Fall
of Icarus

The Fall of Icarus

The Peasant and
the Birdnester

The Peasant and the Birdnester

The
Beggars

The Beggars

Winter Landscape
with a Bird Trap

Winter Landscape with a Bird Trap

Fight between
Carnival and Lent

Fight between Carnival and Lent Detail

Children's
Games

Children's Games Detail

Tower of
Babel

Tower of Babel Detail

Triumph of
Death

Triumph of Death Detail

Christ Carrying
the Cross

Christ Carrying the Cross Detail

Dulle
Griet

Dulle Griet Detail

Fall of Rebel
Angels

Fall of Rebel Angels Detail

Proverbs
Detail

Proverbs Detail

The
Procession

The Procession to Calvary

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1

detail 1

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2

detail 2

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3

detail 3

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4

detail 4

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5

detail 5

Land of
Cockaigne

The Land of Cockaigne

Dulle
Griet

Dulle Griet

the animals entering
noah's ark