Bruegel Paintings are amongst the finest art to have come from the Dutch region during the 16th century and they were created by several artists from the Bruegel family whose most famous painters were Pieter the Elder and Pieter the Younger, both of whom are covered in great detail within this website. There was also Jan the Elder and Younger too, and some of their paintings are also included here. You will find below a selection of images of the best paintings to have come from these artists as well as discussion of both of their careers and lives.

The Bruegel family also included Jan the Younger and Elder although their success as artists was less significant. Of Pieter the Younger and Elder, the latter certainly achieved the most academic acceptance and his career continues to be the stronger in the modern day. The Bruegels are still very much remembered and have a place within the impressive development of Dutch art over the past 500 years. The Dutch Golden Age helped to give this country significant exposure across Europe and it's artists continue to receive exposure today.

Bruegel paintings are amongst the best examples of traditional Dutch art. Both Pieters enjoyed reflecting on the lives of ordinary people and would often create huge landscapes that were filled from tip to toe with peasants going about their daily lives in all sorts of interesting ways that made their large scale works impressively detailed. It was relatively unusual for painters to concentrate on the poorer elements of society during this time as most preferred the glamour of the rich and famous, whose commissions also helped them to pay their bills and open up new opportunities.

All of the paintings included within this website cover the best known of all from the careers of these two talented Dutchmen, with many more worth checking out for those who can spare the time. There is a fuller list further down the page which concentrates on expanding on the portfolio of work from these two related painters. All Bruegel images included within this website are also accompanied by links to Art.com, where you can buy your own print reproductions of the originals to add to your own home. We use them ourselves, so are happy to recommend their excellent service.

Hunters in the Snow is amongst the best known Bruegel painting. Pieter Bruegel the Elder and his lesser known son, the Younger, are just a small part of the impressive list of Netherlands-based painters to have contributed to the development of European art since the Middle Ages, with most others being part of the Dutch Golden Age. This art movement helped to push North European artists to the forefront at that time, having previously followed far behind the Italian Renaissance schools of artists. Since the rise of Dutch art, we have seen further developments in France, UK and Spain to complete a varied period in this continent since the arrival of the early Renaissance.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder's paintings were well known for being impressively large pieces which featured both dramatic landscape scenes and also imaginative portrayals of local life within them. Each character would be involved in a different activity to the next, and this would make each of his paintings very intriguing, with considerable amounts of detail to cover for the viewer. It is easy to see why this artist, and his son who followed a similar style, were so popular at the time and since.

Tower of Babel Bruegel paintings also show off the family's exceptional talents. It is believed by many that Pieter the Younger flew on the success of his father and lacked the same innovation or technical ability. He quickly discovered that much money was to be made from simply copying over his father's work and passing it off as his own which helped him to build up a large amount of finance which appeared to be more important to him than achieving the same academic acceptance of his father. Most concentrate more on his father's work and this controversy has never helped his career to match up.

The area around the Netherlands and Germany, as we know them now, were particularly impressive in art during the first few centuries after the Italian renaissance had come to an end. Several Dutch schools established themselves as excellent locations for young local aspiring artists who were later to achieve international success in many cases. Around this time, Germany contributed the likes of Albrecht Durer to the work of artists like the Bruegels. Bosch came from around this region too.

Fall of Icarus is another well known work from the Bruegel family and features a stylish background landscape with the key topic of the work addressed in the foreground. During the period in which the Bruegels achieved fame most artists used religious depictions as a quick way to achieve success with plenty of Christian institutions lining up to use the services of the most skilled painters. The Bruegels however, and in particular Pieter the Elder, were interested only in the lives of ordinary people and would concentrate on those right across their careers.

Sadly for art historians there is less information available on the Bruegels than other more recent artists, and there are still plenty of question marks around the lives of the well known Pieters and Jans in this family. Coming before the Dutch Golden Age, most place them into an approximate umbrella movement of the Dutch and Flemish Renaissance which reflects the complicated changes of boundaries that occurred to countries of the lowlands around that time and ever since.

List of Bruegel Paintings

The Bruegel family contributed some impressive paintings to Dutch art history over several generations and Pieter Bruegel the Younger and Elder were the most important of all. See below for a full list of their most famous paintings.

Pieter Bruegel the Younger Paintings

  • The Kermesse Of St George
  • The Massacre of the Innocents
  • The Triumph of the Death
  • Winter Landscape with a Bird-trap
  • Adoration of the Magi
  • Crucifixion
  • Battle Of Carnival And Lent
  • Preparation Of The Flower Beds
  • A Village Landscape With Farmers
  • Proverbs
  • Village Lawyer
  • The Seven Acts Of Charity
  • Calvary
  • The Way of the Cross

Pieter Bruegel the Elder Paintings

  • Landscape with the Fall of Icarus
  • The Fight Between Carnival and Lent
  • The Fight Between Carnival and Lent: detail of background
  • Netherlandish Proverbs
  • Children's Games
  • Dulle Griet (Mad Meg)
  • The Triumph of Death
  • The Tower of Babel
  • The "Little" Tower of Babel
  • The Adoration of the Kings
  • The Procession to Calvary
  • The Harvesters
  • The Hunters in the Snow
  • The Hunters in the Snow: DETAIL OF soaring bird
  • The Hunters in the Snow: detail of the fire in front of the inn
  • Winter Landscape with a Bird Trap
  • The painter and the buyer
  • The Peasant Dance
  • Peasant wedding
  • Naval Battle in the Gulf of Naples
  • The Fall of the Rebel Angels
  • The "Little" Tower of Babel
  • The Procession to Calvary
  • The Adoration of the Kings
  • Massacre of the Innocents
  • Winter Landscape with a Bird Trap
  • Landscape with Christ and the Apostles at the Sea of Tiberias
  • Ass at School
  • Parable of the Sower
  • Landscape with the Fall of Icarus
  • Netherlandish Proverbs
  • The Fight Between Carnival and Lent
  • Portrait of an Old Woman
  • Children's Games
  • Temperance
  • Saul (Battle Against The Philistines On The Gilboa)
  • Two Small Monkeys
  • The Triumph of Death
  • Dulle Griet (Mad Meg)
  • The Tower of Babel
  • Flight To Egypt
  • The Death of the Virgin
  • The Months
  • The Hunters in the Snow
  • The Gloomy Day
  • The Hay Harvest
  • The Harvesters
  • The Return of the Herd
  • Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery
  • The Calumny of Apelles
  • The Painter and the Connoisseur
  • Preaching Of John The Baptist
  • Census at Bethlehem
  • The Wedding Dance
  • Conversion Of Paul
  • The Land of Cockaigne
  • The Magpie on the Gallows
  • The Misanthrope
  • The Blind Leading the Blind
  • The Peasant Wedding
  • The Peasant Dance
  • The Beggars
  • The Peasant and the Nest Robber
  • The Three Soldiers
  • The Storm at Sea