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 we begin by Peter Brueghel (or Bruegel) the Elder (1525 – 1569).
He is renowned for his genre paintings, usually landscapes and peasant scenes. We can literally spy many rituals of village life, everyday scenes that are a source of iconographic evidence of 16th-century life.
Some of his subjects included painting of proverbs, month of the year, Tower of Babel, peasants life, sins.
Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky referenced Bruegel’s paintings in his films several times, notably Solaris (1972) and The Mirror (1975). Also, Lars Von Trier also uses Bruegel’s paintings in his film Melancholia (2011).
Following, some of his most famous and accomplished works.