Portrait of an Old Woman

Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

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l'Ancien Pieter Brueghel, 1563

Northern Renaissance
sketch and study

This is probably a study for a major painting. Bruegel painted no commissioned portraits, nor any of prominent contemporaries. He was uninterested in any cult of personality. However, this portrait of a peasant woman reveals just how capable he was of portraying faces with highly individual features.

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