Saturday, March 12, 2011

Jan Brueghel the Elder paintings

The Sermon on the Mount, 1598.  Oil on copper.
When I do go to the damn Getty Center, I first head to my favorite painting there which for some reason is Jan Brueghel the Elder's The Sermon on the Mount (1598).  Credit goes to my friend Elliot, who told me about it as he sometimes does.  It shows meticulously marvelous technique.  Ya gotta see this small painting up close 'n' personal, perhaps with a magnifying glass, all those finely delineated little people, trees, etc.  It's very much like an enameled "jewel-like object."

The Entry of the Animals into Noah's Ark, 1613.  Oil on panel.
Right beside it is his The Entry of the Animals into Noah's Ark.  Nice painting...
...and you can take it with you as a poster from the museum store.  I did. 

Not many books in English out there on "Velvet Brueghel." 
You might want to get this recent book, Leopoldine Prosperetti's Landscape and Philosophy in the Art of Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568-1625) (Ashgate, 2009).

You may be able to find Gertraude Winkelmann-Rhein's Blumen-Brueghel (Verlag M. Dumot Schauberg, 1968) in its English version, The Paintings and Drawings of Jan "Flower" Bruegel (Abrams, 1969), which is ok.

I would like to have Klaus Ertz's Jan Brueghel D.A.: Die Gemalde (Dumont, 1979) or his/Christa Nitze-Ertz's four volume Jan Brueghel der Altere: Die Gemalde (Luca Verlag Lingen, 2008).

Other interesting titles found online:
Jan Brueghel the Elder:
Fritz Baumgart/Blumen Brueghel (Dumont, 1978)
Jan Brueghel the Elder (Brod Gallery, 1979)
Klaus Ertz/Pieter Brueghel der Jungere-Jan Brueghel der Altere: Flamische Malerei um 1600: Tradition und Fortschritt (Luca Verlag, 1997)
Klaus Ertz/Pieter Brueghel Le Jeune-Jan Brueghel l'Ancien: Une Famille des Peintres Flamandes vers 1600 (Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, 1998)
Arianne Faber Kolb/Jan Brueghel the Elder: The Entry of the Animals into Noah's Ark (Getty Trust Publications, 2005)
Anne Woollett et al./Rubens and Brueghel: A Working Friendship (Getty Trust Publications, 2006)
Emile Michel, Victoria Charles/The Brueghels (Parkstone Press, 2007)
Jan Brueghel the Elder (Betascript Publishing, 2010)
Frederic P. Miller et al./Jan Brueghel the Elder (Alphascript Publishing, 2010)
Max J. Friedlander/Early Netherlandish Painting: From Van Eyck to Bruegel (Phaidon , 1956), reprinted in two volumes 1969
John Oliver Hand/The Age of Bruegel: Netherlandish Drawings in the Sixteenth Century (National Gallery of Art, 1986)
Walter S. Gibson/Mirror of the Earth: The World Landscape in Sixteenth-Century Flemish Painting (Princeton University Press, 1989)
David Koetser/Fine Old Master Paintings principally of the Dutch and Flemish Schools (David Koetser, 1990)
Meredith Hale et al./Dutch and Flemish Old Master Paintings (Johnny van Haeften, 2002)
Friedrich August von Metzsch/Bild und Botschaft: Biblische Geschichten auf Bildern der Alten Pinakothek Munchen (Schnell und Steiner, 2002)
Konrad Renger, Claudia Denk/Flamische Malerei des Barock (Dumont Buchverlag Gmbh, 2002)
Gordon Campbell/Renaissance Art and Architecture (Oxford University Press, 2004)
Arthur K. Wheelock/Flemish Paintings of the Seventeenth Century (National Gallery, 2005)
Agnes Tieze/Flamische Gemalde im Stadel Museum 1550-1800 (Imhof Verlag, 2009)
Annemarie Stefes/Niederlandische Zeichnungen 1450-1800 (Bohlau-verlag Gmbh, 2011)

And of course, his dad Pieter was not bad ;) hehe.  Pieter Brueghel the Elder is up there with my all-time favorites. 

The Tower of Babel, 1602.  Oil on panel.
Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen, Antwerpen
With help from other sources, somewhat obsessively, I went ahead and made a partial alphabetical list of museums with work(s) by Jan Brueghel the Elder:

The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

Albertina, Wien
Alte Galerie Schloss Eggenberg, Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz-Andritz
Alte Pinokothek, Munchen
Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology University of Oxford, Oxford
Brighton & Hove Museums, England
Galleria degli Uffizi, Firenze
Galleria Palatina, Palazzo Pitti, Firenze
Gemaldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Dresden
Glasgow Museums, Glasgow
Groeningemuseum, Brugge
*Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen, Antwerpen
*Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich
*Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien
Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel
Le Musee d'Art ancien, Musees royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Bruxelles
LVR-Landesmuseum Bonn, Bonn
?Musee des Augustins, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Toulouse, Toulouse
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon
*Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, Kassel
Muzeul National de Arta al Romaniei, Bucuresti
Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie, Warszawa
Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, Roma
Pinacoteca, Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milano
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede
Statens Museum for Kunst, Kobenhavn
The Courtauld Gallery, London
The Ftizwilliam Museum, Cambridge
The National Gallery, London
The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moskva
*The Royal Collection, UK
The State Hermitage Museum, Sankt-Peterburg
Szepmuveszeti Muzeum, Budapest
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

North America:
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn
?Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento
Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena
Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis
The Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

South America:
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires

*Later, I'll also make a similar museum list for Pieter Brueghel the Elder, and for other favorite Flemish masters.*