Takes the name of his native town, Bruegel. Student of the painter, Jerome Bosch, and later Pieter Cock who brings him to Antwerp, where he is elected "Master of the Painters Guilde” in 1551.
Although known as a genre painter, he seems to have shown interest in painting maritime scenes, in which ships play an important role, as opposed to ports.
Seen in paintings which he executed during his voyage through Italy around 1554, are naval scenes of Naples and again the Battle of Messina, which is recognized from engravings, as the original has disappeared. The most famous of these remains "The fall of Icare", where one observes a beautiful representation of a Carack.
Pieter Bruegel died in Brussels on the 5th of September, 1569.