This week series is dedicated to the Brueghel dynasty. A name of a family that became a mark of excellence in the arts and the most important group of Flemish artists working between the 16th and 17th centuries.
The family includes Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Jan Brueghel the Younger, Ambrosius Brueghel, Abraham Brueghel, Jan Peter Brueghel and Jan Van Kessel.
Our focus will remain in the most important ones, and today is the turn of Jan Brueghel (or Bruegel) the Elder (Brussels, 1568 – Antwerp, 1625).
In about 1589 Jan traveled to Italy, where he first resided in Naples and then in Rome. In Italy he applied himself to landscapes and history paintings, including Biblical narratives and scenes from mythology and ancient history and he continued to do so when back in Antwerp. He also acquired considerable reputation by his flower paintings and allegories.
Many of his paintings were collaborations with important artists of his time, like Peter Paul Rubens. The joint collaboration produced some 25 paintings including Mars Disarmed by Venus at the Getty Museum, The Garden of Eden and the Fall of Man at Mauritshuis, and The Five Senses series at The Prado Museum.
He also collaborated with Hendrick van Balen and Joos de Momper.