Revision of About Us from Sat, 2015-10-17 13:54


The purpose of this website is first, to be a place where information about the painter Jan Brueghel can be gathered, shared, and debated among scholars; second, to provide ways of furthering our understanding of how Brueghel and his studio produced this vast, complex body of work; and third, to be resource for any visitor who is interested in the artist’s works.

Our starting-point is a database compiled in 1998-2010 by Dr. Elizabeth Honig of U. C. Berkeley, referred to on the object pages as “Honig database.” The database contained entries on over 560 paintings that were either attributed to Brueghel in Klaus Ertz’s 1979 catalogue raisonnée, or had been on the art market since 1979 and seemed likely to be genuine works, or were recorded in photographs at either the RKD (The Hague) or the Rubenianum (Antwerp). Honig made provisional judgements about whether these works were authentic, studio works, or produced by imitators outside Brueghel’s immediate orbit. She also listed under these main paintings hundreds more copies and variants, mostly known from photographs at the RKD, that were definitely not autograph works by Brueghel. All of her basic catalogued paintings, many of their secondary copies, and others published in Klaus Ertz’s updated monograph (2008-2010), have their own pages in this wiki, so that we can consider questions of authenticity and interrelations among the multitude of works that have some claim to be associated with Brueghel.

Please note that as with any wiki-based site, ours is a work constantly in progress. New material is added frequently. As of our official launch, most paintings pages have been built and about half are reasonably complete. About half of the drawings pages have been built.


Elizabeth Alice Honig, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley: art historian, editor, organizer
Nina Amenta, Professor, University of California, Davis: computer science
Katherine Steiner, University of San Francisco: site designer
Angela Hong: Design and technical assistance

Julie Turgeon: site manager, image researcher
Jess Bailey, UCB: page builder, drawings researcher & specialist; Pieter Bruegel general supervisor
Trevor Hadden, UCB: page builder, still life specialist
Paige Walker: page builder, drawings specialist
Ashley Gonik: bibliographer
Elena Waller: bibliographer
Emily Domanico: page builder, Pieter Bruegel paintings
Benjamin Rodgers: Jan Brueghel assistant
Tristan Brody: Iconclass researcher
Ashley Jerbic: biographer, Pieter the Younger specialist
Cecily Manson: biographer
Jenny Wu: biblographer
Jennifer Tanji: keywords assistant
Ye Seon Lee: technical assistant


Louisa Wood Ruby, Frick Art Reference Library: drawings
Mark Meadow, University of California, Santa Barbara: Pieter Bruegel the Elder
Bert Watteuw, Rubenianum


Christine Quach, UCB & Courtauld Institute: site manager, page builder, landscape specialist
Amina Yee, Oakland Museum: site manager, researcher, page builder
Erika Reid, UCB: image researcher
Chelsey Randall-Wright, UCB: page builder, religious history specialist
Charles Henderson, UCD: Image Investigation Tool builder
Jenny Sakai, UCB: page builder, collaboration specialist
Grainne Hebeler: drawings specialist
Christine Liu: drawings researcher