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Pieter Bruegel the Elder
Pieter Bruegel the Elder - The Painter and the Buyer, 1565 - Google Art Project.jpg
The Painter and The Connoisseur, c. 1565 , possibly Bruegel's self-portrait
Pieter Bruegel

c. 1525–1530
Breda or nearby, Duchy of Brabant, Habsburg Netherlands
(modern-day Netherlands)
Died 9 September 1569(1569-09-09)
Brussels, Duchy of Brabant, Habsburg Netherlands
(modern-day Belgium)
Known for Painting, printmaking
Notable work
The Hunters in the Snow, The Peasant Wedding, (composition of) Landscape with the Fall of Icarus
Movement Dutch and Flemish Renaissance
Bruegel, Pieter de Oude - De val van icarus - hi res
Landscape with the Fall of Icarus (c. 1558)

Pieter Brueghel the Elder (c. 1525 – 9 September 1569) was a Dutch or Flemish Renaissance painter and printmaker. He is known for his landscapes and peasant scenes. He is nicknamed 'Peasant Bruegel' to distinguish him from other members of the Brueghel family. But he is the most famous of them and therefore in most of the cases when someone speaks of "Brueghel" he thinks of him. From 1559 he dropped the 'h' from his name and started signing his paintings as Bruegel.


There are records that he was born in Breda, Netherlands, but it is uncertain whether the Dutch town of Breda or the Belgian town of Bree, called Breda in Latin, is meant. He was the son of a peasant living in the village of Breughel.


In Bruegel's later years he painted in a simpler style than the Italian art in his time. The most obvious influence on his art is the older Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch.


Bruegel specialized in landscapes populated by peasants. He is often credited as being the first Western painter to paint landscapes for their own sake.

He showed the rituals of village life—including agriculture, hunts, meals, festivals, dances, and games. These show the folk culture of 16th century life.

Some of his Paintings

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Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Pieter Brueghel el Viejo para niños

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