Pieter Bruegel the Elder: A painter known for his landscapes and peasant scenes

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, born around 1525 is a legendary figure in the world of art. He is often called the “Peasant Bruegel” due to his fascination with depicting ordinary life and the countryside. Travelers exploring Belgium have a unique opportunity to delve into the world of this renowned painter, whose works provide a captivating glimpse into the past.

The Census at Bethlehem (1566), oil on wood panel, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Bruegel spent a significant part of his life in Brussels, Belgium, where he created many of his masterpieces. His art is celebrated for its vivid scenes of daily life, landscapes, and intricate details. Visitors can appreciate Bruegel’s remarkable talents in several museums across Belgium.

Here’s a list of some of Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s masterpieces and the museums where you can find them:

  • “The Census at Bethlehem” (Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels)
  • “The Tower of Babel” (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria)
  • “The Peasant Wedding” (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria)
  • “The Hunters in the Snow” (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria)
  • “Children’s Games” (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria)
  • “The Triumph of Death” (Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain)

The Hunters in the Snow, 1565, oil on wood

Pieter Bruegel the Elder

The Peasant Wedding, 1566–69, oil on panel

These works, among others, allow travelers to step back in time and appreciate the artistry and historical insights of Pieter Bruegel the Elder during their visit to Belgium.