Pieter Aertsen

Dutch, 1508-1575
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Market Scene
Pieter Aertsen
Item ID:20024
The Adoration of the Shepherds
Pieter Aertsen
Item ID:20025
Market Scene II
Pieter Aertsen
Item ID:20026
Butcher's Stall with the Flight into Egypt
Pieter Aertsen
Item ID:20027
The Egg Dance
Pieter Aertsen
Item ID:20028
Market Woman with Vegetable Stall
Pieter Aertsen
Item ID:20030
Apostles Peter and John
Pieter Aertsen
Item ID:21494
Market Scene III
Pieter Aertsen
Item ID:21495
Peasants by the Hearth
Pieter Aertsen
Item ID:21496
Vendor of Fowl
Pieter Aertsen
Item ID:21497
Peasant's Feast
Pieter Aertsen
Item ID:21498
Cook in front of the Stove
Pieter Aertsen
Item ID:21499
Market Scene IV
Pieter Aertsen
Item ID:21500
Pieter Aertsen
Item ID:21501
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Pieter Aertsen (1508 - 3 June 1575), called Lange Pier ("Tall Pete") because of his height, was a Dutch historical painter. He was born and died in Amsterdam, and painted there and in Antwerp, though his genre scenes were influential in Italy.

Pieter Aertsen was a Netherlandish painter active in his native Amsterdam and in Antwerp. A pioneer of still life and genre painting, he is best known for scenes that at first glance look like pure examples of these types, but which in fact have a religious scene incorporated in them (Butcher's Stall with the Flight into Egypt, University of Uppsala, 1551). Aertsen was the head of a long dynasty of painters, of whom the most talented was his nephew and pupil Joachim Beuckelaer.

As a youth, he apprenticed with Allaert Claesz. He distinguished himself by painting domestic scenes in which he reproduced articles of furniture, cooking utensils, and so on, with marvellous fidelity. Later in life, he began documenting historical scenes. Several of his best works, including altarpieces in various churches, were destroyed during the days surrounding the event known as the Alteratie, or "Changeover", when Amsterdam formally reverted to Protestantism from Catholicism on 26 May 1578 at the start of the Eighty Year's War. During the iconoclasm several paintings that had been commissioned by Catholic churches were destroyed.

An excellent specimen of his style is a painting of the Crucifixion, Aertsen was a member of Antwerp's equivalent of the Academy of St Luke. In the official books of the Academy he is known as "Langhe Peter, schilder" (Tall Peter, painter). His sons Pieter, Aert, and Dirck became acclaimed painters, and other notable pupils trained in his workshop included Stradanus and Aertsen's nephew, Joachim Beuckelaer.

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