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Jan I Brueghel

Also Known As: "'Fluwelen' Brueghel ('Velvet' Brueghel)"
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Birthplace: Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
Death: Died in Antwerp, Flemish Region, Belgium
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Son of Pieter Brueghel, the elder and Mayken van Aelst (Coecke)
Husband of Isabella de Jode and Catharine van Marienberghe
Father of Jan II van Brueghel / Bruegel, the younger; Paschasia Brueghel; Elisabeth Brueghel; Catherina Brueghel; Maria Brueghel and 5 others
Brother of Pieter Brueghel, the Younger and Maria Brueghel

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About Jan Brueghel, the Elder

Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568 – January 13, 1625) was a Flemish painter, son of Pieter Bruegel the Elder and father of Jan Brueghel the Younger. Nicknamed "Velvet" Brueghel, "Flower" Brueghel, and "Paradise" Brueghel, of which the latter two were derived from his floral still lifes which were his favored subjects, while the former may refer to the velveteen sheen of his colors or to his habit of wearing velvet.

He was born in Brussels. His father died in 1569, and then, following the death of his mother in 1578, Jan, along with his brother Pieter Brueghel the Younger and sister Marie, went to live with their grandmother Mayken Verhulst (widow of Pieter Coecke van Aelst). She was an artist in her own right, and according to Carel van Mander, possibly the first teacher of the two sons. The family moved to Antwerp sometime after 1578. In about 1589 Jan traveled to Italy, probably via Cologne. There he resided first in Naples, where his patron was Francesco Carracciolo. Next he moved to Rome, working for several discerning cardinals including, most famously, Federico Borromeo. It was in the company of Borromeo that Brueghel left Rome and took up residence in Milan, where he was part of the Cardinal's household. In the summer of 1596 he returned to Antwerp, where he remained for the rest of his life apart from short journeys to Prague and to the Dutch Republic.

While in Italy he applied himself principally to landscapes and history paintings, including Biblical narratives and scenes from mythology and ancient history. Back in Antwerp he continued these types of subject matter but also acquired considerable reputation by his flower paintings and allegories. He formed a style more independent of his father's than did his brother Pieter the Younger.

Many of his paintings are collaborations in which figures by other painters were placed in landscapes painted by Jan Brueghel; in other cases, Brueghel painted the figures into another artist's landscape or architectural interior. The most famous of his collaborators was Peter Paul Rubens in several of his small pictures—such as his "Vertumnus and Pomona," the "Satyr viewing the Sleeping Nymph," and the "Terrestrial Paradise.".

He had a studio in Antwerp, where he died from cholera on January 13, 1625.

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Jan Brueghel, the Elder's Timeline

1568
1568
Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
1599
1599
Age 31
Antwerp, Flemish Region, Belgium
1601
September 13, 1601
Age 33
Antwerp, Flemish Region, Belgium
1603
1603
Age 35
1608
1608
Age 40
1608
Age 40
1609
1609
Age 41
1610
1610
Age 42
1611
1611
Age 43
1617
August 10, 1617
Age 49
Antwerp, Flemish Region, Belgium