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Jan Brueghel the Elder The artist I am going to look at is Jan Brueghel the elder Brueghel was born in Brussels As the most talented son of Pieter Brueghel the elder he devoted his early career to flower painting and still lifes and his suave renderings earned him the nickname Velvet Brueghel Brueghel achieved fame for his beautifully detailed landscapes peopled with biblical and mythology figures He also painted landscape settings for numerous portraits notably the Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens Jans best works include The battle of Arbela and Bowl with jewels Movement Jan Brueghels work falls into the renaissance period Brueghel followed in the footsteps of Hieronymus Bosch just like his father Pieter Brueghel Bosch was an artist who was far more original and less dependent on traditional Flemish paintings All his pictures were wildly unconventional The Garden of Earthly Delights 1510-1515 Prado an elaborate fantasy of sin and redemption shows an imaginary surreal world where the past present and future unfold in nightmarish images Such extreme originality led to the art of Pieter Brueghel the Elder well on in the 16th century Brueghel demonstrates the powerful influence of Bosch in its phantasm imagery At a time when many of his contemporaries were imitating Italian solutions Brueghel continued an allegiance to the earlier style of Netherlandish and Flemish painters in his own paintings and engravings which often are illustrations for folk proverbs Piece Comparing Jan Brueghels painting with Georgia OKeefes work it was fascinating to see how different and independent each of the artists style of work is although they are of the same subject matter It can be described as a tapestry which leads the eye around the piece but I find this can also be confusing Whilst analyzing this piece I noticed that the flowers within the painting are crowded towards the front of the painting just as in a two dimensional space Brueghels
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