I have been thinking about how best to organize
this art exhibition of great master works in the world history,
and the most logical way would seem to be to strictly follow
history itself. However, I have wished to be a little more
flexible than that, lest the appeal to the standard visitor
might suffer; and so in the following days, starting today, I
will be giving an advance, in three or four parts, of what will
be coming in the future, each part representing a great art
school and trend.
Since the previously posted painter - Caravaggio - was from the
great Italian School, I think I may present today a masterpiece
of the Flemish School by one of its most impressive - and at the
same time, one of its less known - painters: Jan Brueghel the
Elder, from the famed Brueghel family of painters in the sixteen
- seventeenth centuries, and one of the sons of Pieter Brueghel,
head of the family. Like Caravaggio's, his art belongs to the
Baroque trend. The painting itself is almost unknown to the
general public, but I do hope it will fill your expectations as
the magnificent, colorful, and most exquisite landscape and
religious painting it is - all in one!
As always, good feedback is welcome.
Luis Miguel Goitizolo
GREAT MASTERS OF
Christ Preaching at the Seaport (1)
by Jan Brueghel, the Elder
born 1568, Brussels [now in Belgium]
died Jan. 13, 1625, Antwerp
byname Velvet Bruegel, Dutch Jan Bruegel De
Oudere, or Fluwelen Bruegel, Bruegel also
spelled Brueghel, or Breughel , Flemish painter
known for his still lifes of flowers and for his landscapes.
The second son of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, born just before
his father's death, he was reared by a grandmother and learned
his art in Antwerp. In his youth, he went to Italy, where he
painted under the patronage of Cardinal Federigo Borromeo, and
later, in 1610, he was appointed court painter to the archdukes
of Habsburg Austria. He worked primarily in Antwerp and was a
Peter Paul Rubens, with whom he sometimes collaborated in
painting flowers, landscape, and animals in canvases in which
Rubens supplied the human figures; an example is the “Adam and
Eve in Paradise” (1620).
Christ Preaching at the Seaport
Oil on panel
x 14 inches (26.4 x 35.7 cm)
image is a courtesy of Art
Art Renewal Center.