Pieter Bruegel the Elder

1525 - 1569

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Pieter Bruegel (also Brueghel or Breughel) the Elder ( BROY-gəl, also US: BROO-gəl; Dutch: [ˈpitər ˈbrøːɣəl] ; c. 1525–1530 – 9 September 1569) was among the most significant artists of Dutch and Flemish Renaissance painting, a painter and printmaker, known for his landscapes and peasant scenes (so-called genre painting); he was a pioneer in presenting both types of subject as large paintings. He was a formative influence on Dutch Golden Age painting and later painting in general in his innovative choices of subject matter, as one of the first generation of artists to grow up when religious subjects had ceased to be the natural subject matter of painting. He also painted no portraits, the other mainstay of Netherlandish art. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pieter Bruegel the Elder has received more than 2,884,010 page views. His biography is available in 82 different languages on Wikipedia. Pieter Bruegel the Elder is the 26th most popular painter (down from 23rd in 2019), the 8th most popular biography from Netherlands (down from 6th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Dutch Painter.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder is most famous for his paintings of peasant life in the Netherlands.

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Among painters, Pieter Bruegel the Elder ranks 26 out of 2,023Before him are Paul Gauguin, Piet Mondrian, Titian, Gustav Klimt, Donatello, and Eugène Delacroix. After him are Édouard Manet, Wassily Kandinsky, Hieronymus Bosch, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Jan van Eyck, and Edgar Degas.

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Among people born in 1525, Pieter Bruegel the Elder ranks 1After him are Nurbanu Sultan, Şehzade Bayezid, John George, Elector of Brandenburg, Hans Staden, Giovanni Battista Moroni, Zhang Juzheng, Germain Pilon, John Albert I, Duke of Mecklenburg, Abbakka Chowta, Patriarch Job of Moscow, and Caspar Peucer. Among people deceased in 1569, Pieter Bruegel the Elder ranks 1After him are John of Ávila, Gracia Mendes Nasi, Louis, Prince of Condé, Wolfgang, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken, Maria Temryukovna, Gerolama Orsini, Aben Humeya, Mikołaj Rej, Catherine Carey, Philibert, Margrave of Baden-Baden, and Philip II, Metropolitan of Moscow.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Pieter Bruegel the Elder ranks 8 out of 1,646Before him are Rembrandt (1606), Johannes Vermeer (1632), Erasmus (1466), Baruch Spinoza (1632), Piet Mondrian (1872), and Johan Cruyff (1947). After him are Hieronymus Bosch (1450), Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1632), Christiaan Huygens (1629), Hugo Grotius (1583), Abel Tasman (1603), and Mata Hari (1876).

Among PAINTERS In Netherlands

Among painters born in Netherlands, Pieter Bruegel the Elder ranks 5Before him are Vincent van Gogh (1853), Rembrandt (1606), Johannes Vermeer (1632), and Piet Mondrian (1872). After him are Hieronymus Bosch (1450), Gerrit Dou (1613), Jan Steen (1626), Theo van Gogh (1857), Jacob van Ruisdael (1628), Han van Meegeren (1889), and Pieter de Hooch (1629).