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Subject: Pieter Brueghel (1525-69), usually known as Pieter Brueghel the Elder to distinguish him from his elder son, was the first in a family of Flemish painters. His name is often spelled Bruegel as in this engraving and that was the spelling he used from 1559 onwards. 

He was born in Breda in the Netherlands but once part of the Flanders. Breughel was an apprentice of Coecke van Aeist, a leading Antwerp artist. In 1551 he  was then accepted as a master of the Antwerp painters' guild.His paintings, including his landscapes and scenes of peasant life and was nicknamed the Peasant Breughel. But it was in nature that he found his greatest inspiration.  


Artist/Engraver: Attributed to Johannes Wierix, Flemish, 1549 - c. 1620. 

Jan Wierix or Johannes Wierix (1549 – c. 1620) was a Flemish engraver, draughtsman, and publisher. An accomplished engraver, he made prints after his own designs as well as designs by local and foreign artists. The Wierix family of engravers played an important role in spreading appreciation for Netherlandish art abroad as well as in creating art that supported the Catholic cause in the Southern Netherlands. Wierix worked on some of the important publications of the late 16th century. This includes a commission by the Jesuits and other militant Counter-Reformation orders on Catholic materials. This engraving comes from a set of  23 engraved portraits of artists from the Low Countries authored by Dominicus Lampsonius and published in 1572 under the title Pictorum aliquot celebrium Germaniae inferioris effigies ( Effigies of some celebrated painters of Lower Germany).


Publisher:  Theodoor Galle (1571-1633)

An engraver and print publisher based in Antwerp. Son of Philips, and took over workshop on his death in 1612. Under his management in the last decades of the sixteenth century the business began to reissue engravings that had been published by early generations of printmakers.  The Galle workshop also formed a colloboration with the Plantin Press.

Peter Breughel, painter, Attributed to Johannes Wierix - Framed Antique Print

SKU: 1293
  • Image Numbers: 1293
    Title: Portrait of Pieter Bruegel the Elder

    Artist: Attributed to Johannes Wierix, Flemish, 1549 - c. 1620. Published by: Theodoor Galle, Flemish,Engraver: Theodoor Galle. Plate 19 from the series Illustrium Quos Belgium Habuit Pictorum Effigies. 

    Medium: Line Engraving

    Date: 1572 (this edition after 1600)


    Framed size (h x w): 

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