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