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Brugel Jan was born in 1568 in Brussels and died in 1625 in Anvers. He’s the second son of Pieter Brugel “The Old”.
He painted, with the delicacy of a miniaturist, landscape often lively of gender scenes, allegories such as “the Elements” or the “Seasons”, mythological and biblical scenes, flowers (“Vase of flowers” – Strasbourg Museum).
After being the pupil of his grand-mother Marie Bessemers, renowned miniaturist, and then of Pieter Goetkint, he went in Italy where the cardinal Borromee was his protector. When he came back, he settleed in Anvers where he became friend with Rubens who was often called upon to work, as well as F.Francken II, H.Van Balen, H. de Clerck, and J. de Momper.
His abundant work has been widely copied. Yet, it prevails by the bright of color, the preciousness and picturesque detail (such as “Windmills”- Private collection). We could find his main works in Madrid, Milan (Ambroisiana), Munich and Le Louvre museums.