Monday, September 19, 2011

Bruegel, Pieter the Elder

Winter Landscape with a Bird Trap
38 x 56 cm
Wiltshire, Wilton House

Pieter Bruegel the Elder (about 1525-69) was a renaissance painter, generally considered the greatest Flemish painter of the 16th century.
Bruegel specialized in genre paintings populated by peasants, often with a large landscape element, but also painted religious works.
Making the life and manners of peasants the main focus of a work was rare in painting in Brueghel's time, and he was a pioneer of the Netherlandish genre painting.