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Nationality/school
South Netherlandish
Born
Brussels 1568
Saur 1996
Deceased
Antwerp 1625-01-13
died of cholera (Saur 1996); he was buried in St. George's Church next to the altar of the Holy Cross with his portrait painted by Peter Paul Rubens as an epitaph (Rombouts/Van Lerius 1872/1961, vol. 1, p. 397, note 3)
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third son of Pieter Brueghel I, father of Jan Brueghel II and Ambrosius Brueghel; married to 1) Isabella de Jode in 1568 in Antwerp Cathedral and 2) Catharina van Mariënburg in the same church in April 1605 (died 5 July 1627) (Rombouts/Van Lerius 1872/1961, vol. 1, p. 397, note 3)
See also
In this field, you will find references to names of groups or to the artists that made/make up groups. You may also come across references to other artists if there was/is question of collaboration without a joint name. This is the case, for instance, with artists who rendered parts of works by other artists (such as with P.P Rubens and J. Brueghel I).
Jan Brueghel painted animals and landscapes; Rubens and Van Balen painted figures in his paintings, after he had done his work (Saur 1996).
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  • Antwerpen 1578
    After the death of his mother, his grandmother Mayken Verhulst (widow of Pieter Coecke van Aelst) took care of him and the other grandchildren; she took them to Antwerp and taught them to paint in tempera; he learned to paint with oil from Peeter Goetkint.
  • Napels 1590
    Saur 1996
  • Rome 1592 - 1594
    met Paul Bril, Hans Rottenhammer and Federico Borromeo (Saur 1996); in Rome 1593/4 according to Noack 1927. In 1593 he inscribed his name in the catacombes of Domitilla (Hensen 1916)
  • Florence
    probably stayed in Florence and Orvieto (not documented)
  • Orvieto
    probably stayed in Florence and Orvieto (not documented)
  • Milaan 1596-05-30
    documented in Milan 30 May 1596 (Saur 1996)
  • Antwerpen 1596-10-10 - 1625
    ‘wijnmeester’ (son of a master) in the Guild of St. Luke, Antwerp in 1597; member of the Romanists in 1599, dean of this fraternity in 1609; citizen of Antwerp on 4 October 1601 (Rombouts/Van Lerius 1872/1961); documented in Antwerp on 10 October 1596. After that he made short journeys and also worked in Brussels, to return to Antwerp again and again (Saur 1996).
  • Brussel
  • Antwerpen
  • Praag 1604
    in the summer of 1604 (Saur 1996)
  • Brussel 1606 - 1613
    listed as residing in Brussels in 1606, 1609, 1610 and 1613; working for the court (Saur 1996)
  • Spa 1612
    Brueghel might have met Remigio Cantagallina in Spa in August 1612 (Loze et al. 2017, p. 130).
  • Nederland 1613
    traveled together with Rubens and Hendrick van Balen (Saur 1996)
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Subjects
This field specifies the various subject categories or genres that constitute the oeuvre of the artist in question. The contents of this field are generally based more on the documentation available at the RKD than on the literature.
genre, history (as a genre), landscape (as genre), still life, animal painting (genre), winter landscape, portrait, flower piece, architecture (genre), fruit piece
he is the central figure in the popularization of floral still lifes in the Southern and Northern Netherlands around 1605; according to his own writings from 1611 he did not allow anyone to cooperate with his floral still lifes; until now it remains difficult to distinguish between the work of father Jan (I) and son Jan (II) (Van der Willigen/Meijer 2003, p. 54)
Medium/technique
oil paint
Entered on: 1991-11-20; Modification on: 2020-05-13

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