COECKE VAN AELST, Pieter
(b. 1502, Aelst, d. 1550, Bruxelles)
Oil on panel, 98 x 84 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid
In the first half of the 16th century the fame of Brussels surpassed that of other centres (Tournai, Enghien, Audenarde) in Flemish tapestry. The traditional style was modified under the influence of such painters as Bernaert van Orley and Pieter Coecke van Aelst, and the clarity of Italian composition was combined with Flemish richness and precision in the great creations of the weavers of Brussels about 1530-60.