The Brueghels, Pieter the Elder, Pieter Brueghel the Younger ('Hell Brueghel'), and Jan Brueghel the Elder ('Velvet Brueghel'), embody one of the largest dynasties of Flemish painting. Beyond their history, their masterworks bear witness to the priceless contribution of this family in the evolution of northern European painting. Refusing the canons of Italian Mannerism, the masterworks printed here illustrate the artistic independence of the Brueghels and the Flemish Renaissance. In popular and allegorical scenes, Pieter the Elder and his heirs denounce the daily preoccupations of the people and the general unrest due to the Spanish occupation. In this splendid, richly documented work, the authors, Émile Michel and Victoria Charles, shed new light on Flemish painting from the 15th to the 17th centuries.
Émile Michel (1828-1909) was a painter, Dutch and Flemish art scholar, and honorary chairman of the University of Amsterdam. Michel’s early publication was a book on the German art museums in 1886. He became an Institute member in 1892 and an officer of the Légion d’Honneur in 1903. Michel was an early and astute critic of the art museum and an advocate for art history as an academic pursuit.
Victoria Charles received her PhD in history of art. She has published extensively on the subject and has regularly contributed to Art Information, an international guide to contemporary art. Frequently writing articles for specialised journals and magazines, Victoria Charles recently contributed to a collective work, World History of Art.
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