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Van Eyck’s painting Arnolfini Portrait (1434) is believed to be of a wealthy merchant and his wife. The portrait shows home furnishings, clothing, and even a pet. These details help us understand how some people lived during this period in history.
Pieter Bruegel the Elder Another Northern Renaissance artist was Flemish (from Flanders) artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525–1569). He painted scenes from the Bible and scenes from the lives of peasants—ordinary people who worked the land. Like Dürer, Bruegel traveled to Italy to learn more about the techniques employed by artists there, especially Raphael.
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Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s oil painting Peasant Wedding (c. 1567) shows a celebration by peasants of the 16th century.
Rembrandt A painter from a slightly later time, Rembrandt (1606–1669), was a Baroque artist, which means he created bold, dramatic, complex artworks. (See Topic 2.7 for more about Baroque art.) Rembrandt’s most famous (and largest) painting is The Night Watch, which shows soldiers getting ready to defend a city.
Today, people remember Rembrandt for his dramatic use of light and shadow and his dedication to realism—which some of his critics called ugliness.

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