Aertsen, Pieter (1508–1575), called "Long Peter" because of his height, was a Dutch historical painter. He was born and died in Amsterdam, and painted there and in Antwerp, Belgium. As a youth, he apprenticed with Allaert Claesz. A pioneer of still-life and genre painting, he is best known for scenes that at first glance look like pure examples of these types, but which in fact have a religious scene incorporated in them. Aertsen was the head of a long dynasty of painters, of whom the most talented was his nephew and pupil Joachim Beuckelaer. Several of Aertsen's best works, including altarpieces in various churches, were destroyed in the Netherland's religious wars.


"Vendor of Vegetable" Oil on wood, Staatliche Museen, Berlin, Germany.



"The Adoration of the Magi" (circa 1560) Oil on panel, 167.5 x 179 cm - 65.9 x 70.5 in. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Nederlands.



"Butcher’s Stall with the Flight into Egypt" (1551) Oil on panel, 123 x 167 cm - 48.5 x 59 in. Museum Gustavianum, Uppsala, Sweden.



"The Egg Dance" (1552) Oil on panel, 84 x 172 cm - 33.1 x 67.7 in. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Nederlands.



"Market Scene" (1561) Oil on oak wood, 91 x 112 cm - 35.8 x 44.1 in. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria.



"Peasant's by the Hearth" (1560s) Oil on wood, 142.3 x 198 cm - 56 x 78 in. Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp, Belgium.

Text source: 'Webmuseum' (www.ibiblio.org/wm).

Related Artists: Allaert Claesz, Joachim Beuckelaer.

Related Terms: Still-life, Genre Painting.


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