Authors

Pieter Aertsen

Amsterdam 1507 - 1575

Pieter Aertsen was born in Amsterdam, where he received his training, in the same town as the painter Allaert Claesz. In 1535 he travelled to Antwerp and worked there for nearly twenty years alongside painters such as Frans Floris, Pieter Coecke and Jan van Hemessen, who may have been his teacher. He married in 1542 and returned to Amsterdam around 1557 where he dominated the artistic scene until his death in 1575. There were numerous religious paintings by this artist at the beginning of his career, until the advent of the iconoclastic rage in which the majority of them were destroyed. Afterwards, he painted kitchen and market scenes, often with a religious final plane. He was, without a doubt, one of the forerunners of the still-life genre and this style was continued by his nephew Joaquin Beuckelaer, as well as other painters like Frans Snijders, Paul de Vos and A. van Utrecht. He was a contemporary of Pieter Brueghel the Elder and Frans Floris. They provided important inspiration for his illustrations of markets, landscapes, and religious scenes. In Antwerp he was named a member of the St Lucas Guild in 1535, and he lived in the house of Jan Mandyn until that date.

The Adoration of the Magi

The Adoration of the Magi

The Crucifixión

The Crucifixión