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Country Life
Brueghel the Elder, Jan (Jan 'Velvet' Brueghel); Momper II, Joost de
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Brueghel the Elder, Jan (Jan 'Velvet' Brueghel)
Brussels (Belgium), 1568 - Antwerp (Belgium), 1625
Momper II, Joost de
Antwerp, 1564 - Antwerp, 1635

Country Life

1620 - 1622. Oil on canvas.
Room 080

A broad view of the Flemish countryside, with diverse scenes of peasants carrying out their respective tasks. This is one of the finest examples of the collaboration between Jan Brueghel “the Elder”, who is thought to have painted the figures, and Joos de Momper, who made the landscape. The scene is formed by accumulating various planes that follow each other toward the back, in perspective. The enormous trees in the center split the composition in two. They are the vertical counterpoint to the horizontal perspective projected into the distance. In painting the figures, Brueghel drew on various agricultural scenes popularized by his father, Pieter Brueghel “the Elder”, (ca. 1525/30-1569), especially those that link different farming activities to the months of the year. This painting was successively attributed to Brueghel and Momper, and is now considered the work of both.


Technical data

Inventory number
Brueghel the Elder, Jan (Jan 'Velvet' Brueghel); Momper II, Joost de
Country Life
1620 - 1622
Height: 166 cm; Width: 168 cm; Base/bottom: 3 cm
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Salas, Xavier de, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, Dos lienzos de J. Momper atribuidos a Brueghel, Archivo Español de Arte, 48, 1975, pp. 270/ lám.7.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de pinturas. Escuela flamenca, Museo del Prado; Patrimonio Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1975, pp. 198.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, La Escuela Flamenca del Siglo XVII, Ediciones Alfiz, Madrid, 1983, pp. 67.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 430-431.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990, pp. nº1423.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, El siglo de Rubens en el Museo del Prado: catálogo razonado de pintura flamenca del siglo XVII, Prensa Ibérica, Barcelona, 1996, pp. 252.

Other inventories +

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 1276.

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 1423.
''J. Brueghel./ 1423. Pais con una merienda./ Ademas de las personas que se ven merendando, hay otras que vienen del campo, otras que van en diversas direcciones, y otras que trabajan en labores de agricultura./ Alto 5 pies, 11 pulg, 6 lin; ancho 5 pies, 11 pulg, 6 lin.''

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Room 080 (On Display)


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Transportation / Ground: Carro

Update date: 31-05-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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