Jan Brueghel the Younger By: jordan dyer


Jan the Younger was Born in 1601 in Antwerp, Belgium. He spent most of his life in Antwerp but traveled to Italy for sometime. He spent most of his life in Antwerp but traveled to Italy for sometime. Jan was educated throughout his early life by his father Jan Brueghel the Elder. He was educated by his father throughout his early life. Throughout his life Jan the Younger was always painting and then selling his art. He also was the head of an art studio and the dean of the Antwerp Guild. His life was very busy with a wife and 11 children all to themselves. Although he painted in many catergories his works are best known for landscapes. Their subjects ranged from villages, to mythological scenes, to allegories, and animals in landscapes. Three pieces of his work are “Allegory of Earth and Water”, “The Garden of Eden”, and “Landscape with Allegories of the Four Elements. While his patrons are unknown his father's patron was named Francesco Carraciollio.

This piece is called the “Landscape with Allegories of the four Elements”, It was created in 1635 by Jan Brueghel the Younger. This painting can be found in the J. Paul Getty Museum. What is so significant about this piece is that it unifies all four elements in one scene. However there were no new techniques used in this painting, it has a very similar look to his other works. To describe this painting I would first say four women who represent fire, air, earth, and water are surrounded by a green landscape. Also, there are fish swimming out of a water jug on the ground while a figure on the left is holding the cornucopia. There are also birds in the sky and trees and a battle taking place in the back ground. I find this piece interesting because there are so many things going on that seem unrelated, but when you look deeper into the picture, you can see the connections the author was trying to portray. The ism that is most related to this painting is Naturalism because it uses both light and texture. Also it is an oil painting which is commonly used in naturalistic works.

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