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Pieter Aertsen

1507/8 - 1575

Aertsen was probably a native of Amsterdam, in the Northern Netherlands, but spent most of his career in the South, in Antwerp; in 1560 he moved back to Amsterdam.

Aertsen's work included the painting of large altarpieces as well as smaller devotional works. He is best known for the development of a new type of subject matter, paintings which combine prominent depictions of still-life scenes with religious episodes, or in which the still life provides the focus of attention in scenes of domestic life.