Pieter Bruegel the Elder was a Netherlandish Renaissance painter and printmaker known for his landscapes and peasant scenes
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Pieter Bruegel the Elder was a Netherlandish Renaissance painter and printmaker known for his landscapes and peasant scenes. He is considered to be one of the most significant artists of the Northern Renaissance, and his work has been highly influential in subsequent generations. Born in 1525, he was active from 1550 until his death in 1569. Bruegel's paintings often depicted peasant life, with an emphasis on everyday activities such as harvesting, fishing, and dancing. His works also featured religious themes such as The Tower of Babel (1563) and The Conversion of St Paul (1567). He was particularly noted for his landscape paintings which often featured vivid colors and dramatic lighting effects. His most famous painting is The Hunters in the Snow (1565), which depicts a group of hunters returning home after a long day out hunting in a snow-covered landscape. Bruegel's prints were also popular during his lifetime; he produced over 50 engravings between 1559-62 alone. These prints often featured satirical themes or moralizing messages about human folly or vice; some were even banned by the Catholic Church due to their controversial content. In addition to painting and printmaking, it also worked as an art dealer; he owned several galleries throughout Europe where he sold both his own works as well as those of other artists including Albrecht Dürer and Lucas van Leyden.