Jan Bruegel the Elder was born in Brussels in the year 1568, but he spent a great part of his life in Antwerp. He also learned a great deal of his knowledge of art in Antwerp. He lived life travelling to different places such as Italy and Austria, to find new ways of contributing to his art. He painted for archdukes in Austria, and when Jan Bruegel was younger, he had a teacher and patron in Italy, Federigo Cardinal Borromeo. His paintings were mostly naturalism, but some could be considered perspectivism. He painted mostly still lifes and landscapes, and his paintings had lights and tones to them with a single vanishing point. Some examples of his artwork are Flowers in a Blue Vase, Village Fair in Schelle, and The Archdukes Go Hunting.
This piece is titled The Archdukes Go Hunting, and Jan Bruegel painted it from 1611 to 1612. It is a painting of a landscape created by oil paints. Oil paints were a new tool for painting that were different to use. It hangs in a museum in the Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives. This piece is also not a religious piece which was different from the Medieval times. This artwork shows the bright light glowing from the sky as it is further away from the castle. A group of people are approaching the castle with a blue roof that blends in with the sky. The castle is standing alone to show it's importance because it does not need support from other buildings to be functional. There is flat grass land surrounding the castle and hills surrounding that land. They are protection from neighboring countries and towns. This piece is mostly naturalism because it is an oil painting of a landscape. The lights of the sky and the textures of the castle, nature, and people give the painting a realistic look. The background of this painting appealed to me because the sky looks perfect and infinite. My eyes drew to the bright area of the sky and how the castle's roof blended in with the sky. It made the castle seem as if it was a part of the natural world.