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Pieter Aertsen
 
 
Pieter Aertsen (15083 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.
 
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.

 
 
 
 



Market Woman with Vegetable Stall, 1567




Market Scene with Christ and the Adulteress, 1559



Market Scene



Apostles Peter and John
1575



Market Scene



The Adoration of the Shepherds



The Egg Dance, 1557



Market Scene (Ecce Homo fragment), 1550



Cook in front of the Stove
1559



Vendor of Fowl
1560s



The Cook
1550



Market Scene
1561

 
 
 

Peasants by the Hearth
1560s



Triptych with the Adoration of the Magi (central panel)
c. 1560



Left wing of a Triptych with the Adoration of the Magi
c. 1560



Left wing of a Triptych with the Adoration of the Magi (reverse side)
c. 1560



Peasant's Feast




Butcher's Stall
1551



Pareja de aldeanos en el mercado



Christ with Maria and Martha

 
 

 
 
 
 
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