Pieter Cornelisz van Rijck was one of the "important contemporary Painters" listed by Karel van Mander
, artist biographer and chronicler of the Dutch Golden Age.
As Todd Richardson points out in his preface, the paintings of Pieter Bruegel the Elder have been the subject of continuous research since Karel van Mander
first included him in his account of Dutch and Flemish painters in 1604.
In this detailed exploration of seventeenth century notions of connoisseurship, the author draws on treatises from such art theorists and artists as Karel van Mander
(1548-1606), Giulio Mancini (1558-1630), Abraham Bosse (c.
1) Karel van Mander
contributed to such fame through the laudatory vita of Von Aachen included in his Schilder-boeck (1609).
The young Hals displayed his talent for portraiture early on, and recognizing this gift, his parents secured his training with the most highly regarded local artist of the time, Karel van Mander
The painter is named as Giovanni di Mabuse by Vasari in the enconium on 'Various Flemish Painters' in his Lives of the Painters of 1568, thirty-six years after Mabuse's death, and also by van Mander
in his Schilderboeck of 1640.
This sentiment was not shared by everyone, however, including, most famously, Carel van Mander
, who in 1604 blamed Michelangelo for the introduction of this excessive modification of classical rules.
And Sellink usefully reminds the reader that the greater part of Bruegel's oeuvre is concerned with religious themes; Bruegel's reputation above all as a painter of peasant scenes is due in part to the numerous copies of his peasant pictures by his son Pieter the Younger, and perhaps most of all to the written account of Karel van Mander
, the biographer of Netherlandish artists, who was particularly taken with Bruegel's interest in the life of farmers.
It began with the first historian of northern art, Karel van Mander
, who--around 1600--took his hometown of Haarlem to be an artistic cradle.
By process of elimination, art historians have made some guesses and have looked to the few accounts published close to his lifetime by such compilers of artists' data as Vasari and van Mander
Prague, wrote the painter and writer Karel van Mander
in 1604, was the one city which the art lover must visit if he was to see all that was newest and best in contemporary Europe.
Nature was wonderfully felicitous in her choice when, in an obscure village in Brabant, she selected the gifted and witty Pieter Breughel to paint her and her peasants and to contribute to the everlasting fame of painting in the Netherlands," wrote Karel van Mander
in his Book of Painters in 1604.