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Aertsen, Pieter or Aertszen or Arijdensz.; called Lange Pierlocked


Dutch, 16th century, male.

Born 1507 or 1508, in Amsterdam; died 3 June 1575, in Amsterdam.

Painter. Religious subjects, genre scenes, rustic scenes, portraits, interiors with figures, still-lifes. Church decoration, religious furnishings.

Amsterdam School, Antwerp School.

Pieter Aertsen was called Lange Pier (Long Peter) because of his height. He was the son of a stocking maker. He studied first under Alaert Claessen, and later, at around the age of 18, he went to study in the province of Hainaut. In Antwerp he lodged with his compatriot, the painter Jean Mandyn. Aertsen also worked in Louvain before returning to Amsterdam. He seems to have divided his time between his home town of Amsterdam and Antwerp. In 1535 he was nominated a free master of the Guild of St Luke in Antwerp. In 1547 he was a municipal councillor in Amsterdam. In 1552, having returned to Antwerp, he was admitted as a burgher of the city. He married the aunt of his student Joachim Bueckelaer. He returned to Amsterdam in 1556 and remained there until his death. He had three sons who all became painters....

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