Jan Brueghel the Younger

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Paradise by Jan Brueghel the Younger (c. 1620). Oil on oak. Gem䬤egalerie, Berlin, Germany
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Paradise by Jan Brueghel the Younger (c. 1620). Oil on oak. Gem䬤egalerie, Berlin, Germany


Jan Brueghel the Younger (1601-1678) was a Flemish painter, son of Jan Brueghel the Elder.

He was trained by his father and spent his career producing works in his father's style. Jan the Younger, his brother Ambrosius Brueghel, and other fijnschilders ("fine painters") of the Northern Renaissance produced landscapes, allegorical scenes and other works of meticulous detail. Brueghel also copied works by his father and sold them with his father's signature. His work is distinguishable from that of his parent by being less well executed and lighter.

Jan the Younger was traveling in Italy when his father died of cholera and swiftly returned to take control of the Antwerp studio. He soon established himself and was made dean of the local guild in 1630. Jan the Younger's best works are his extensive landscapes, either under his own name or made for other artists such as Hendrick van Balen as backgrounds.

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