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The Harvesters by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

    The Harvesters by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

    The Harvesters by Pieter Bruegel the Elder was created in 1565. The painting is in Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The size of the work is 116,5 x 159,5 cm and is made as an oil on wood.

    In this work, the viewer is transported to a hot summer day in the Netherlands. It belongs to a series, commissioned by the Antwerp merchant Niclaes Jongelinck for his suburban home. The cycle originally included six paintings showing the times of the year. Apart from The Harvesters, which is usually identified as representing July–August, four other paintings of the group have survived (now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, and Lobkowicz Collection, Prague)… (Read more in Metropolitan Museum of Art)

    About the Artist: Dutch painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder was born in Breda. Bruegel was the most significant artist of Dutch and Flemish Renaissance painting, a painter and printmaker, known for his landscapes and peasant scenes; he was a pioneer in making both types of subject the focus in large paintings. Between 1545 and 1550 he was a pupil of Pieter Coecke. In 1551 Bruegel became a free master in the Guild of Saint Luke of Antwerp… Read more

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