Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1525—1569) was a Dutch Renaissance painter, among the first masters to paint mostly secular subjects.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder Summary

  • Likely born in Breda, in the southern Netherlands, though little is known of his origins
  • Conducted a daring voyage through Italy in his youth, but did not pay much attention to its art
  • Among the first painters to also produce prints; indeed, it was his main source of income
  • The painter who inaugurated the world landscape style
  • His sons, styled ‘the Younger’ and ‘the Elder’, also became successful painters
  • His great focus was genre paintings with peasants for subjects

Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Famous Paintings

  • Netherlandish Proverbs (1559)
  • The Beggars (1568)
  • The Fight between Carnival and Lent (1559)
  • Children’s Games (1560)
  • Landscape with the Flight into Egypt (1563)
  • The Tower of Babel (1563)
  • The Hunters in the Snow (1565)
  • Winter Landscape with (Skaters and) a Bird Trap (1565)
  • Massacre of the Innocents (c. 1567)
  • The Blind Leading the Blind (1568)
  • The Peasant Wedding (c. 1569)

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