Pieter Bruegel the Elder
(Belgian, c. 1525 - 1569)
This person is associated with: Northern Renaissance

Famous as a painter of genre scenes featuring peasants and country folk, Bruegel was also a draughtsman and printmaker. Not much is known about Bruegel’s early life but he is recorded as working in Malines (present day Belgium) from about 1550. In 1551/2 he became a Master in the Antwerp Painters Guild. From the early 1550s Bruegel travelled to Italy and went as far south as Sicily. He returned to Antwerp in 1555 via the Alps and the mountain scenery had a profound influence on the types of pictures he would later produce.In the years following his return to the Low Countries he was employed by Pieter Coecke van Aelst (1502-1550). The artist had two sons, Pieter Brueghel II (the Younger) and Jan Brueghel. Both were talented painters; Pieter Brueghel II producing a number of similar genre scenes with peasants as his father. The Kunsthistoriches Museum (Art History Museum) in Vienna has an impressive collection of the artist's works.

Name:Pieter Bruegel the Elder
Dates:c. 1525 - 1569
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Kunsthistorisches Museum - Vienna76 artworks
Musees Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique - Brussels18 artworks
Museum of Fine Arts - Boston15 artworks
Museum of Fine Arts - Budapest10 artworks
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin9 artworks
Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte - Naples6 artworks
Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, NY6 artworks
Private collection6 artworks
British Museum - London5 artworks
National Gallery - London5 artworks
Courtauld Institute Galleries - London4 artworks

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This person died over 70 years ago (in 1569).