Baroque and Rococo


Baroque and Rococo Art Map

Jan Brueghel the Elder


Jan Brueghel the Elder

(b Brussels, 1568; d Antwerp, 13 Jan 1625).

byname Velvet Bruegel, Dutch Jan Bruegel De Oudere, or Fluwelen Bruegel, Bruegel also spelled Brueghel, or Breughel Flemish painter known for his still lifes of flowers and for his landscapes.

The second son of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, born just before his father's death, he was reared by a grandmother and learned his art in Antwerp. In his youth, he went to Italy, where he painted under the patronage of Cardinal Federigo Borromeo, and later, in 1610, he was appointed court painter to the archdukes of Habsburg Austria. He worked primarily in Antwerp and was a friend of Peter Paul Rubens, with whom he sometimes collaborated in painting flowers, landscape, and animals in canvases in which Rubens supplied the human figures; an example is the “Adam and Eve in Paradise” (1620).

His son Jan Bruegel II (1601–78) was also a painter, whose subjects and techniques were similar to (and often indistinguishable from) Jan Bruegel's.



Great Fish-Market

Oil on panel, 58,5 x 91,5 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich


A Flemish Fair

Oil on copper, 47,6 x 68,6 cm
Royal Collection, Windsor


Going to the Market

Copperplate, 18,5 x 25,5 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna


Gathering of Gypsies in the Wood

Oil on panel, 35 x 43 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid


Guards in a Forest Clearing

Oil on oak, 33 x 42 cm
Staatliche Museen, Kassel


Travellers on the Way

Oil on copper, 22 x 30 cm
Rockox House, Antwerp


Landscape with Windmills

c. 1607
Oil on panel, 34 x 50 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid




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