An Enigmatic Panel-Maker from Antwerp and his Supply to the Bruegels

Ingrid Moortgat, Jørgen Wadum

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The Brueg(h)el family was successfully active over a large period in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Most of the family members used rigid supports such as panels or copper plates for their paintings. Although panel-makers’ marks on panels employed by Pieter Bruegel the Elder are currently not known, both his sons and their artistic descendants have used panels marked or branded in one way or another. The focus of this paper is particularly one panel-maker’s mark associated with a certain Guilliam Aertssen (GA). The combination of a chronology of the GA marks with new biographical evidence reveals a complex web of Antwerp craftspeople and dealers involved in supplying the Brueg(h)els and their colleagues with panels for painting.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Bruegel Success Story : Papers Presented at Symposium XXI for the Study of Underdrawing and Technology in Painting, Brussels, 12-14 September 2018
EditorsChristina Currie
Number of pages12
Place of PublicationParis-Leuven-Bristol, CT
Publication date2021
Article number26
ISBN (Print)9789042943322
ISBN (Electronic)9789042943339
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventThe Bruegel Success Story : Symposium XXI for the Study of Underdrawing and Technology in Painting - Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 12 Sept 201814 Sept 2018


ConferenceThe Bruegel Success Story
LocationRoyal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium
Internet address
SeriesUnderdrawing and Technology in Painting. Symposia, 21

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