Jan The Elder Brueghel

Flemish, 1568-1625
Jan The Elder Brueghel

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Jan The Elder Brueghel : Forest Landscape (Rest on the Flight to Egypt), detail
1607, oil on wood, The Hermitage at St. Petersburg
Jan The Elder Brueghel : Bouquet

ID:21202 Bouquet

1606, oil on copper, Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Milan
Jan The Elder Brueghel : Bouquet II

ID:21203 Bouquet II

after 1607, oil on wood, Alte Pinakothek, Munich
Jan The Elder Brueghel : The Great Fish Market
1603, oil on panel, Alte Pinakothek, Munich
Jan The Elder Brueghel : Landscape with Windmills
1607, oil on panel, Museo del Prado, Madrid
Jan The Elder Brueghel : The Battle of Issus
1602, wood, Musee du Louvre, Paris
Jan The Elder Brueghel : Holy Family in a Flower and Fruit Wreath (painted with Pieter van Avont)
undated, oil on wood, Alte Pinakothek, Munich
Jan The Elder Brueghel : Wayside Encounter
early 1600s, oil on panel, private collection, New York
Jan The Elder Brueghel : A Fantastic Cave Landscape with Odysseus and Calypso
painted with Hendrick de Clerck, oil
Jan The Elder Brueghel : Bouquet of Flowers in a Clay Vase (Bouquet of Viennese Irises)
1599 or 1607, oil on wood, Art History Museum, Vienna
Jan The Elder Brueghel : The Sense of Vision, detail
1618, oil on panel, Museo del Prado, Madrid
Jan The Elder Brueghel : The Sense of Hearing
1618, oil on panel, Museo del Prado, Madrid
Jan The Elder Brueghel : The Sense of Taste
1618, oil on panel, Museo del Prado, Madrid
Jan The Elder Brueghel : The Sense of Smell, detail
1618, oil on panel, Museo del Prado, Madrid
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Jan Brueghel the Elder or Jan il Vecchio Bruegel (Jan the Elder Brueghel 1568 - 13 January 1625) was a Flemish painter, son of Pieter Bruegel the Elder and father of Jan Brueghel the Younger. Nicknamed "Velvet" Brueghel, "Flower" Brueghel, and "Paradise" Brueghel, of which the latter two were derived from his floral still lifes which were his favored subjects, while the former may refer to the velveteen sheen of his colors or to his habit of wearing velvet.

Jan was born in Brussels. His father died in 1569, and then, following the death of his mother in 1578, Jan, along with his brother Pieter Brueghel the Younger and sister Marie, went to live with their grandmother Mayken Verhulst (widow of Pieter Coecke van Aelst). She was an artist in her own right, and according to Carel van Mander, possibly the first teacher of the two sons. The family moved to Antwerp sometime after 1578.

Many of his paintings are collaborations in which figures by other painters were placed in landscapes painted by Jan Brueghel; in other cases, Brueghel painted the figures into another artist's landscape or architectural interior. The most famous of his collaborators was Peter Paul Rubens in several of his small pictures-such as his "Vertumnus and Pomona," the "Satyr viewing the Sleeping Nymph," and the "Terrestrial Paradise.".

He had a studio in Antwerp, where he died from cholera on 13 January 1625.


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