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Joachim Wtewael, Persée secourant Andromède 1611 R.F. 1982-51 © Musée du Louvre/A. Dequier - M. Bard

New Subjects of Painting

Painters from the Netherlands region were instrumental in the establishment of a wide new selection of subjects in European painting. In particular it was the introduction of landscape and genre painting, which dominated the Dutch golden age of art production in the following era, that had the greatest impact on the European fine arts. Joachim Patinir, for example, played an important role in developing landscape, while Pieter Bruegel the Elder and Pieter Aertsen helped popularise genre painting.

Joachim Patinir is considered the first of these true landscape painters.

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