Pieter Aertsen

Pieter Aertsen
Years of life: 1508 – 1575
Art Movement: Northern Mannerism
Genre: Portrait , Religious , Still-life , Genre scenes
Country: Netherlands
Century: XVI

He painted altarpieces and large-scale peasant subjects. He often depicts religious scenes in monumental genre and still-life scenes (e.g., butcher’s shop). Good at modeling with light in the Italian manner. He loves movement. He resembles Bruegel, but without the humor and moral observation; or Rubens, but without his panache and power.

Pieter Aertsen’s major works are Market Scene, c. 1550 (Munich: Alte Pinakothek); Butcher’s Stall with the Flight into Egypt, 1551 (University of Uppsala, Sweden); Cook in front of the Stove, 1559 (Bruges: Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts).


  1. Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.


  • Peasants


    Peasants  •  1560

  • The egg-dance


    The egg-dance   •  1552

  • The Adoration of the Magi


    The Adoration of the Magi  •  1560

  • Market Scene (Fragment of An Ecce-homo)


    Market Scene (Fragment of An Ecce-homo)   •  1550

  • A Meat Stall with the Holy Family Giving Alms (The Butcher’s Stall)


    A Meat Stall with the Holy Family Giving Alms (The Butcher’s Stall)  •  1551

  • Apostles Peter and John


    Apostles Peter and John   •  1575

  • Christ with Mary and Martha


    Christ with Mary and Martha   •  1552

  • Christ and the Adulteress


    Christ and the Adulteress  •  1559

  • Peasants by the Hearth


    Peasants by the Hearth  •  1560

  • Vendor of Fowl


    Vendor of Fowl  •  1560

  • Market Scene

    Market Scene

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