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Jan Brueghel the Velvet (Flower), known flamadsky artist, was born in Brussels in 1568, the exact date is unknown.
He was the second son of the famous P.Breygelya, who appeared to light shortly before his father's death. He was educated grandmother, artist-miniatyuristkoy M.Verhyulst. He studied art in Antwerp.
In 1590-1596 he worked in Naples, Rome and Milan. He was dean of the Antwerp Guild of Artists and court painter Archdukes Albrecht and Isabella, the Spanish governors of Flanders.
On his return to Flanders in 1597 as the son of the master, he was admitted to the Antwerp guild of painters. September 13 in 1601 his first son was born (later known as an artist, Jan Brueghel the Younger).
Rive most of the creative legacy of Bruegel is spectacular scenery with small, revitalizing painting human figures, sometimes of biblical scenes. Also, the artist famous for his detailed images of flowers in a still life or floral wreaths (which was the best evidence of its soft, truly "velvet" creative temperament and fine decorative flair), which he always wrote from life, and paintings of mythological and allegorical themes — for example "The four elements and the five senses" (1617-1618), written together with Rubens, with whom he had a close friendship.
Jan Brueghel died Velvet on January 13 of cholera, a victim of this disease along with him were his three children (Peter, Elizabeth and Mary).
Today, the works of the artist are in various museums around the world.