The following text was written and submitted by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher of Laguna Woods, California:
Pieter Bruegel, usually known as Pieter Breugel the Elder to distinguish him from his elder son, was the first in a family of Flemish painters. He spelled his name "Brueghel" until 1559 and his sons retained the "h" in the spelling of their names. Another change is spelling the name Breughel, sometimes without the "h", used at different times during their lives. Confusing.
He was generally considered the greatest Flemish painter of the 16th century and is by far the most important member of the family. He was probably born in Breda in the Duchy of Brabant, now in
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