Aertsen (misspelled Aertzen), PETER (called by the Italians Pietro Longo, from his tall figure), an eminent historical painter, was born at Amsterdam in 1519. At the age of eighteen he copied some capital pictures in the cabinet of Bossu, in Hainault. He gained much celebrity in historical painting. His greatest work, The, Crucifixion, at Alkmaer, was destroyed by a mob in 1566. At Delft are two of the pictures of this artist, a Nativity and the Offering of the Wise Men; and at Amsterdam, in the Church of Our Lady, are three, viz. the Death of the Virgin Mary, a Nativity, and the Adoration of the Magi, all of which are reckoned excellent performances. He died at Amsterdam ii 1573.