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 Younger (Brussels, 1564/65 – Antwerp, 1636).
Son of Pieter Brueghel the Elder -who died when he had just five years old-, is known for numerous copies after his father through a technique called pouncing. This large scale activity was only possible thanks to his workshop.
Many of the copies are held in the collections of museums such as the Hermitage, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, the National Museum in Kraków, the Rheinisches Landesmuseum in Bonn. Nevertheless, his name and work were largely forgotten in the 18th and 19th centuries until he was rediscovered in the first half of the 20th century
His main themes were landscapes, religious subjects, proverbs and village scenes, mostly like his father’s.