Pieter Aertsen

Dutch, 1508-1575
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Pieter Aertsen : Market Scene
oil on wood, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne
Pieter Aertsen : The Adoration of the Shepherds
oil on wood, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Rouen
Pieter Aertsen : Market Scene II
1550, oil on wood, Pinakothek, Munich
Pieter Aertsen : Butcher's Stall with the Flight into Egypt
1551, oil on wood, Uppsala University Art Collection
Pieter Aertsen : The Egg Dance
1557, oil on panel, Rijksmuseum at Amsterdam
Pieter Aertsen : Market Scene with Christ and the Adulteress
1559, oil on wood, Stadelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt
Pieter Aertsen : Market Woman with Vegetable Stall
1567, oil on wood, Stiftung preubischer Kulturbesitz, Staatliche Museen, Berlin
Pieter Aertsen : Apostles Peter and John
1575 Oil on wood, 21 3/4 x 29 7/8 inches (55.5 x 76 cm), Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russia
Pieter Aertsen : Market Scene III
1561 Oil on wood, 66 7/8 x 32 1/2 inches (170 x 82.8 cm), Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary
Pieter Aertsen : Peasants by the Hearth
1560 Oil on wood, 56 x 77 7/8 inches (142.3 x 198 cm), Private collection
Pieter Aertsen : Vendor of Fowl
1560 Oil on panel, 53 7/8 x 37 3/8 inches (137 x 95 cm), Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russia
Pieter Aertsen : Peasant's Feast
1550 Wood 33 1/2 x 67 1/4 inches (85.09 x 170.94 cm) Private collection
Pieter Aertsen : Cook in front of the Stove
1559 Oil on wood, 67 7/8 x 32 1/4 inches (172.5 x 82 cm), Musee Royal des Beaux-Arts, Antwerp, Belgium
Pieter Aertsen : Market Scene IV
Oil on oak, 35 3/4 x 44 inches (91 x 112 cm), Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria
Pieter Aertsen : Still-life
1552 Oil on wood, 23 1/2 x 39 7/8 inches (60 x 101.5 cm), Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria
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Pieter Aertsen (1508 - 3 June 1575), called Lange Pier ("Tall Pete") because of his height, was a Dutch historical painter. He was born and died in Amsterdam, and painted there and in Antwerp, though his genre scenes were influential in Italy.

Pieter Aertsen was a Netherlandish painter active in his native Amsterdam and in Antwerp. 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 (Butcher's Stall with the Flight into Egypt, University of Uppsala, 1551). Aertsen was the head of a long dynasty of painters, of whom the most talented was his nephew and pupil Joachim Beuckelaer.

As a youth, he apprenticed with Allaert Claesz. He distinguished himself by painting domestic scenes in which he reproduced articles of furniture, cooking utensils, and so on, with marvellous fidelity. Later in life, he began documenting historical scenes. Several of his best works, including altarpieces in various churches, were destroyed during the days surrounding the event known as the Alteratie, or "Changeover", when Amsterdam formally reverted to Protestantism from Catholicism on 26 May 1578 at the start of the Eighty Year's War. During the iconoclasm several paintings that had been commissioned by Catholic churches were destroyed.

An excellent specimen of his style is a painting of the Crucifixion, Aertsen was a member of Antwerp's equivalent of the Academy of St Luke. In the official books of the Academy he is known as "Langhe Peter, schilder" (Tall Peter, painter). His sons Pieter, Aert, and Dirck became acclaimed painters, and other notable pupils trained in his workshop included Stradanus and Aertsen's nephew, Joachim Beuckelaer.

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