Pietà (after 1441) by Rogier van der WeydenRoyal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
From the beginning of the 15th century, oil on wood painting was perfected in the Low Countries, where it enjoyed great success throughout the century. The innovative technique used linseed oil as a binding agent for ground pigments.
Winter Landscape with Skaters and Birds Trap (1565) by Pieter Bruegel the ElderRoyal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Bruegel used the impasto technique, using a more graphic, thicker painting technique. The pale highlights which catch the light really do stand out. Facial structures were achieved by using thickness of material.
The Adoration of the Magi (undated) by Pieter Bruegel the ElderRoyal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Bruegel also exploited another technique commonly used in the 15th and 16th centuries: tempera on non-prepared linen canvas.
Prudence (1559/1559) by Pieter BruegelRoyal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Before becoming a painter, Pieter Bruegel was above all a great illustrator with a substantial amount of graphic work to his name.
The Collector's Cabinet (1621/1621) by Hiëronymus Francken II (attributed to)Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
His etchings and prints were a great novelty at the time. They were somewhat of a success and were largely disseminated on the market. This also added to Bruegel’s fame.